A Passion for American Art celebrates the outstanding examples of American painting, furniture and decorative arts, and Native American art from the Carolyn and Peter Lynch collection. Peter Lynch, described in the popular press as a “financial wizard” and “stock-picker extraordinaire,” is more soundly characterized as a beloved family man, devout Catholic, effective philanthropist, and passionate collector. This luxuriously illustrated book explores the couple's growth as collectors, their cultural and aesthetic affinities, and relationships with artists and fellow collectors. Writer Jeanne Schinto offers a profile of the Lynches and a view into how the collection expresses the couple’s distinctly American sensibility. Curator Dean Lahikainen shares an introduction to the collection and series of short essays exploring how the Lynches combined diverse works in the living spaces of their homes. The catalogue honors the couple’s credo: a reverence for humanity, a love of history, and an appreciation for the beauty and mystery of the natural world.
The publication accompanies the exhibition A Passion for American Art: Selections from the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Collection on view at the Peabody Essex Museum from May 11 to December 1, 2019.
Dean Lahikainen is The Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art at the Peabody Essex Museum.