The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR)—the leading
organization addressing critical art-world issues regarding attribution, authenticity, and
provenance—announced today the launch of new enhancements to its online Catalogues
Raisonnés Database. New features and functionality include external links to the
complete or partial digitized text of published catalogues raisonnés available on Google
Books, HathiTrust, Internet Archive, and other online platforms. Additionally, Database
users will now be able to link to WorldCat to locate the library nearest to them that holds
a print copy of a particular catalogue. IFAR’s comprehensive resource—the only one of
its kind—is regularly updated and available free of charge at www.ifar.org.
Launched in 2008, along with IFAR’s Art Law & Cultural Property Database, the
Catalogues Raisonnés Database features annotated bibliographic information and links to
additional resources regarding over 3,800 published catalogues raisonnés and
approximately 350 catalogues-in-preparation concerning 2,580 artists. Both completed
publications and those in preparation can be searched separately or together by the
author’s name, or the artist’s name, place of birth or death, or period of activity.
Scholarly compilations of an artist’s body of work, catalogues raisonnés and
information about them are essential research tools for academics, students, museum
curators and administrators, collectors, appraisers, dealers, provenance researchers, and
other art professionals and enthusiasts.
Before IFAR created the Database, information about catalogues raisonnés was
difficult to find. Catalogues still in preparation were even more challenging to track
because they can take years to be completed. This Database and the organization’s other
trusted online tools, award-winning IFAR Journal, and public programs, advance IFAR’s
position as a respected leader and vital resource in the art community.
The catalogue raisonnés are available at the IFAR-Website.