American colonial elites surrounded themselves with paintings, furniture, and other objects to shape their identities, and set themselves apart from other elements of society
Charles Sheeler found his subject in the architecture of industry. To him, America’s factories were the cathedrals of the modern age.
It took half a century for his critics to see his subjects as clearly as he did; but today he stands as America’s preeminent portraitist
John White Alexander began his career as an office boy at Harper’s Weekly and rose to be a leading painter of his generation, especially of its women
A young artist takes on a venerable genre
From the North Woods to New Orleans with an artist-reporter of the last century
Turn-of-the-century American painters came to Venice for its ancient splendors and pearly light. In a few years they captured its canals, palaces, and people in a spirit of gentle modernism that looks better than ever.
Most surveys of American painting begin in New England in the eighteenth century, move westward to the Rockies in the nineteenth, and return to New York in the twentieth. Now we’ll have to redraw the map .
Antonio Jacobsen, the most prolific of all American marine artists
…so Lincoln joked. Actually he was eager to pose for portraits.
George Eastman didn’t think the posters the movie companies supplied were good enough for his theater. So he commissioned a local artist to paint better ones.
A contemporary artist re-creates two and a half centuries of the life of a North Carolina county
The famous painter of Eastern city life also captured the sunny, spacious world of the Southwest
In the thirties the WPA decided it would be good to know just what the insides of Victorian homes, offices, and stores had looked like. The artist-historian Perkins Harnly created a sumptuous record.
He loved women so much he painted wings on them. After years of neglect, he is now being appreciated.
An Autumn Harvest of American Still Lifes
The Smaller, Greener Baltimore of Francis Guy
Declaring himself a “thorough democrat” George Caleb Bingham portrayed the American voter with an artist’s eye—and a seasoned politicians savvy
A West Point Gallery
A gathering of turn-of-the-century paintings
High on a hill above the Hudson River Frederick Edwin Church indulged his passion for building an exotic dream castle