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ART HIST 130: Seeing Race: Anti-Racism and Visual Culture (Fall 2023) : Objects / Exhibits

A focused guide of library resources for Art Hist 130: Seeing Race

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Oeuvre Catalogs

A catalog listing every known work by an artist is often referred to as an oeuvre catalogue or catalogue raisonné​. It's a scholarly, comprehensive publication that serves as the definitive reference work for an artist's body of work. In addition to extensive details on each work of art, a catalog raisonné typically includes an in-depth biography, scholarly essays, images, and a bibliography.

A catalog raisonnés takes years to develop and research and is typically created toward the end of an artist's career.

Discovering whether such a catalog exists for a given artist can take some searching. Search the Library Catalog using the name of your artist and the term "catalog raisonné​."

You may find an exhibition catalog that approximates the work of a catalog raisonné but is not labeled as such. Only careful searching in library catalogs and databases (like Oxford Art Online) will reveal whether or not the publication you seek exists. 

Researching an Art Object