International Foundation for Art Research

The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) is a nonprofit educational and research organisation dedicated to integrity in the visual arts. Working at the intersection of art scholarship, art law and the public interest, IFAR offers impartial and authoritative information on issues of attribution and authenticity, provenance, ownership, theft, looting, and other artistic, legal, and ethical issues concerning art and other cultural objects.

Catalogues raisonnés are integral to IFAR’s educational and research mission, and its online Catalogues Raisonnés Database, launched in 2008 along with its comprehensive Art Law & Cultural Property Database, stems from that mission. The continuously updated Catalogues Raisonnés Database features detailed and annotated bibliographic information as well as links to additional resources regarding more than 4,000 published catalogues raisonnés and approximately 350 catalogues-in-preparation concerning close to 3,000 artists. The published catalogues and those in preparation can be searched separately or together – by the author’s name, or by the artist’s name, place of birth or death, or period of activity. Thanks to an expansion in 2016 made possible by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, users can now also link to the full text of those catalogues that have been digitized. Thanks to other funders, IFAR has been able to keep the database available free of charge to everyone, and will continue to do so as long as it receives sufficient funding. Please follow the link to the Catalogues Raisonnés Database here.

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