Menil Foundation and Hugh Honour wish to express their gratitude to the many people who, during years of research, contributed to the realization of this volume. At the outset, special thanks should go to professors Jacques de Caso and John McCoubrey for helping to shape this project in its earlier stages.
During the preparation of these books we have benefited continually from the knowledge and assistance of numerous individuals, including professors Guy Atkins at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London; Detlef Heikamp; Jean-Jacques Heim; José Piedra; and Peter H. Wood. We also would like to recognize the following researchers and curators of library and institute collections: Jean-Pierre Chrétien; Eike Habreland at the Frobenius-Institute, Frankfurt am Main; C. Kelly at the Royal Geographic Society, London; J. H. Kraan at the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague; Yves Laissus at the Bibliothèque centrale du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris; Ronald de Leeuw; and Lynne Thornton.
We cannot overemphasize the devotion of museum curators who indefatigably answered our requests for information and made it possible for us to photograph works in their collections. We would like to mention especially the valuable aid extended to us by Catherine Bouché; Georges Brunei; Jean-Marie Bruzon; Armand Duchâteau at the Museum für Volkerkunde in Vienna;
Jacques Foucart, chief of the Service d’Etude et de Documentation of the Département des Peintures at the Musée du Louvre, Paris; Geneviève Lacambre, Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, and Anne Pingeot, all at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; and M. D. McLeod at the Museum of Mankind, London.
The welcome we received in Brazil could not have been warmer. For their most generous assistance, our gratitude goes to Paulo Berger; Paulo Geyer; Cándido Guinle de Paulo Machado; João Marino; José Ε. Mindlin; and Lydia Olinto de Carvalho, superintendent of the Museus Raymundo Ottoni de Castro Maya in Rio de Janeiro, and her staff, Mr. and Mrs. Mario Pimenta-Camargo.
On many occasions our research was facilitated by the cooperation of Christie’s and Sotheby’s in London and New York; Rice University Inter-Library Loan, especially Julie Hemstreet, in Houston; the Service de Documentation of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; and, for the illustrations, the Service photographique de la Réunion des Musées nationaux in Paris.
Our thanks also go to those individuals who, under the direction of Menil Foundation, carried out research in the archives, collections, and museum photo libraries of various countries: Maria de los Santos Garcia in Madrid, Leo van Heijningen in The Hague, and Angela Wilson in London; to Marie-Geneviève de La Coste Messelière and Yves-Pol Hémonin, who translated Hugh Honour’s text; to William Granger Ryan, who translated the French quotations in the English version; and to I. Harris Rosenstein, who coordinated the production and manufacture of this publication. Finally, for their commitment and unflagging efforts in completing another important stage of this undertaking, we offer special thanks to our collaborators within Menu Foundation: Geraldine Aramanda, Arvin C. Conrad, Frances F. Gebhart, Phillip T. Heagy, Jane Johnson, Marie-Dominique Perlât, and Brenda Joyce Rodgers.