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Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1905
Classification: Ceramics

This vase of elongated egg shape with four prominent V-shaped buttress feet displays the characteristics advocated by William Day Gates (1852-1935), founder and president of American Terra Cotta and Ceramic Company (c. 1886-1927).

Collection: American Art
Date: 1929
Classification: Ceramics

The elongated ovoid vase of buff-colored earthenware is covered with a continuous and mesmerizing scene of Spanish moss covered live oak (Quercus virginiana) trees executed by Anne Frances Simpson (1880-1930) in low relief and delineated with typical Newcomb Pottery medium blue and green...

Collection: American Art
Date: 1920-1940
Classification: Ceramics

A tall earthenware mold-made vase bulging slightly near the vase opening where the head and arms of a languid female figure with long flowing hair emerges and drapes and swirls around the vase; covered overall in maroon glaze with medium blue accents on the raised areas blending into the base...

Collection: American Art
Date: 1903-1907
Classification: Ceramics

Mold-made squat vase with double-ogee body and two ribbon handles, the whole covered with a pinkish-purple iridescent glaze of flowers (possibly nasturtiums) and leaves on a polka dot background with a deep wine color inside.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1908
Classification: Ceramics

A pottery vase of elongated bell shape wheel-thrown by an anonymous Rookwood potter and painted by Edward T. Hurley with underglaze slips in a continuous landscape of trees against a late sunset reflected in a still lake or stream rendered in charcoal grey, pale peach, and sage green.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Raimund Abraham
Classification: Prints

An educator and architect, Raimund Abraham turned to drawing and printmaking as outlets for his inventive designs.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1910
Artist/Maker: Robert Ingersoll Aitken
Classification: Sculpture

Robert Ingersoll Aitken’s bronze sculpture A Thing of Beauty may have been one of the pieces that the artist exhibited at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1973
Artist/Maker: Josef Albers
Classification: Prints

For Josef Albers, printmaking provided a medium that was technically demanding and one that allowed him to leave no trace of his hand, in direct contrast to many other artists of his time.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1969
Artist/Maker: Anni Albers
Classification: Prints

While a student at the Bauhaus, there were few avenues for Anni Albers to pursue; women were discouraged from any pursuit that required heavy lifting.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Carl Andre
Classification: Prints

Carl Andre, along with fellow sculptors Donald Judd, Robert Morris, Dan Flavin, and Sol Lewitt, is unfailingly named as a major minimalist artist.

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Collection: American Art
Date: 1975
Artist/Maker: Shusaku Arakawa
Classification: Prints

The lithograph and silkscreen print and/or in profile is a highly conceptual and technically masterful art image by Shusaku Arakawa. He used language and symbols simultaneously as image and text so that a viewer is also a reader.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Richard Artschwager
Classification: Prints

A painter and sculptor who at one time supported himself by designing furniture, Richard Artschwager was described in The New York Times in this way: “A master of the reconstructed readymade, an assiduous manipulator of appropriated images, forms and uningratiating, non-art materials (...

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Richard Artschwager
Classification: Prints

One of Richard Artschwager’s main preoccupations has been perception and the devices used to convey the illusion of space. He was an accomplished furniture designer, and worked with wood and Formica in addition to painting on Celotex fiberboard, a rough industrial material.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1833
Artist/Maker: John James Audubon
Classification: Prints

The rarest of the North American songbirds, Bachman’s warbler was named by John James Audubon for his friend and collaborator, the Lutheran minister Reverend John Bachman of Charleston, South Carolina.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1830
Artist/Maker: John James Audubon
Classification: Prints

Blue Jay demonstrates John James Audubon’s mastery at creating lively compositions which he developed from both direct observation and the specimens he collected.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Rudolf Baranik
Classification: Prints

As a self-styled “social formalist,” Rudolf Baranik was best known for his protests against the Vietnam War. In 1981, however, a personal tragedy changed his outlook on life: the death by suicide of his son. Words F.A.F.A. was one of many attempts to deal with his grief.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1920
Artist/Maker: George Wesley Bellows
Classification: Prints

In 1917, shortly after he first began experimenting with the medium of lithography, George Bellows described his technique in a letter to a friend:

Collection: American Art
Date: 1923-1924
Artist/Maker: George Wesley Bellows
Classification: Prints

In 1917, shortly after he first began experimenting with the medium of lithography, George Bellows described his technique in a letter to a friend:

Collection: American Art
Date: 1927
Artist/Maker: Thomas Hart Benton
Classification: Paintings

Thomas Hart Benton painted Bootleggers, 1927, during a pivotal time in his career. Its large scale reflects his recent mural project, the American Historical Epic series.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1936
Artist/Maker: Thomas Hart Benton
Classification: Prints

For his murals celebrating American culture and mores, Thomas Hart Benton traveled extensively across the country, sketching and recording vignettes for a future autobiography.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1936
Artist/Maker: Thomas Hart Benton
Classification: Prints

Thomas Hart Benton’s choice of lithography for his forays into printmaking is a logical extension of his egalitarian attitude. The medium originated in the mid-nineteenth century and was used early on for newspaper illustrations.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1936
Artist/Maker: Thomas Hart Benton
Classification: Prints

The legend of Jesse James is one of several folk stories Benton chose to depict for his project at the Missouri Capitol building. He also selected the vignette for a lithograph, which was circulated by the Associated American Artists of New York.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Joseph Beuys
Classification: Prints

Joseph Beuys was a politically conscious artist who used his art—mostly large-scale installations and performances—to convey his position on contemporary issues. He was involved for a short while with Fluxus, an interdisciplinary movement which often relied on performance pieces and texts.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1871-1873
Artist/Maker: Albert Bierstadt
Classification: Paintings

Albert Bierstadt established his reputation painting the grandeur and unspoiled wilderness of the West.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1854
Artist/Maker: George Caleb Bingham
Classification: Prints

Beginning in the late 1840s, the Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham took as his subject the exercise of American democracy.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1761
Artist/Maker: Joseph Blackburn
Classification: Paintings

Joseph Blackburn completed his portrait of Elizabeth Browne Rogers in 1761 during the period of time that he spent in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Portsmouth, a bustling seaport with several wealthy merchants, was Elizabeth’s home; her father was a prominent Anglican rector there.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1863
Artist/Maker: Otto Boetticher
Classification: Prints

In August 1861, painter and lithographer Otto Boetticher mustered in as a captain in the Sixty-Eighth New York Volunteer Regiment of Infantry. His military experience as an officer in the Prussian army before his immigration to America might explain the rank conferred on him in his new unit.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1950
Artist/Maker: Aaron Bohrod
Classification: Paintings

Of this painting, Bohrod wrote, “It was sketched, I believe, not too long after I came to the University here (in 1948) and it was probably painted around 1950–52.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1955-1963
Artist/Maker: Charles Ephraim Burchfield
Classification: Paintings

It is an undisputed fact that Charles Burchfield was passionate about nature. He had easy access to it at his home in semi-rural Gardenville, New York, with its nearby woods and extensive garden, but he also drove to special places in the vicinity, usually forests or swamps.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1938
Artist/Maker: Alexander Calder
Classification: Sculpture

Despite its small scale, Mobile with Five Appendages is characteristic of Alexander Calder’s innovative style. But it is also unusual in its combination of a rocking base with movable parts, created through a subtle balance of cut and welded sheet metal and wire.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1897
Artist/Maker: Mary Cassatt
Classification: Drawings

Mary Cassatt met the Gaillard family, depicted in this pastel, through her friend Edgar Degas. Dr. Theodore Gaillard was an early patron of the French Impressionists and a collector of works by Renoir, Sisley, and Degas. Finding a sympathetic patron in Dr.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1884
Artist/Maker: William Merritt Chase
Classification: Paintings

William Merritt Chase’s In the Studio is one of a number of paintings depicting the artist’s studio in the famous Tenth Street Studio Building in New York City.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1855
Artist/Maker: Frederic Edwin Church
Classification: Paintings

“Painted after Frederic Edwin Church’s first trip to Ecuador [1853], The Andes of Ecuador combines the scientific and religious concerns of Church’s time in one grand panorama.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1979
Artist/Maker: Chuck Close
Classification: Drawings

By the time Chuck Close completed his Keith/Six Drawing Series in 1979, almost a decade had elapsed since his initial manipulation of the photographic headshot on which Keith, 1970, was based.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1979
Artist/Maker: Chuck Close
Classification: Drawings

By the time Chuck Close completed his Keith/Six Drawing Series in 1979, almost a decade had elapsed since his initial manipulation of the photographic headshot on which Keith, 1970, was based.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1979
Artist/Maker: Chuck Close
Classification: Drawings

By the time Chuck Close completed his Keith/Six Drawing Series in 1979, almost a decade had elapsed since his initial manipulation of the photographic headshot on which Keith, 1970, was based.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1979
Artist/Maker: Chuck Close
Classification: Drawings

By the time Chuck Close completed his Keith/Six Drawing Series in 1979, almost a decade had elapsed since his initial manipulation of the photographic headshot on which Keith, 1970, was based.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1979
Artist/Maker: Chuck Close
Classification: Drawings

By the time Chuck Close completed his Keith/Six Drawing Series in 1979, almost a decade had elapsed since his initial manipulation of the photographic headshot on which Keith, 1970, was based.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1979
Artist/Maker: Chuck Close
Classification: Drawings

By the time Chuck Close completed his Keith/Six Drawing Series in 1979, almost a decade had elapsed since his initial manipulation of the photographic headshot on which Keith, 1970, was based.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1979
Artist/Maker: Chuck Close
Classification: Drawings

By the time Chuck Close completed his Keith/Six Drawing Series in 1979, almost a decade had elapsed since his initial manipulation of the photographic headshot on which Keith, 1970, was based.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1855-1856
Artist/Maker: Thomas Cole
Classification: Prints

In Thomas Cole’s four-part The Voyage of Life, 1840, a river voyage symbolizes man’s journey through the stages of life.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1847
Artist/Maker: Thomas Cole
Classification: Paintings

Thomas Cole is known primarily as the father of the Hudson River School of landscape painting.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1853-1856
Artist/Maker: Thomas Cole
Classification: Prints

In Thomas Cole’s four-part The Voyage of Life, 1840, a river voyage symbolizes man’s journey through the stages of life.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1854-1856
Artist/Maker: Thomas Cole
Classification: Prints

In Thomas Cole’s four-part The Voyage of Life, 1840, a river voyage symbolizes man’s journey through the stages of life.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1854-1855
Artist/Maker: Thomas Cole
Classification: Prints

In Thomas Cole’s four-part The Voyage of Life, 1840, a river voyage symbolizes man’s journey through the stages of life.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1763
Artist/Maker: John Singleton Copley
Classification: Paintings

John Singleton Copley’s painting of merchant John Spooner from 1763 is somewhat unusual for its size and format. Most of his paintings of gentlemen were three-quarter length—the half size suggests that this was a minor commission.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1975
Artist/Maker: Robert Cottingham
Classification: Prints

F. W. Woolworth stores, the national retail chain of five-and-dime stores, were a ubiquitous feature of the American urban scene until they went out of business in this country in 1997.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1872
Artist/Maker: Jasper Francis Cropsey
Classification: Paintings

Like several of the other Hudson River School painters—Thomas Cole at Catskill and Frederic Edwin Church at Olana—Jasper Cropsey built an estate, Aladdin, near the river in Warwick, New York.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1912
Artist/Maker: Elliott Daingerfield
Classification: Drawings

From the time of the Renaissance, it was common practice for artists to do preparatory drawings for their paintings. Drawing—especially of nudes—was also a standard teaching method at art academies.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1912
Artist/Maker: Elliott Daingerfield
Classification: Paintings

Since the 1870s, the Santa Fe Railroad Company had employed painters and photographers to document and celebrate the Grand Canyon and its scenery.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1945
Artist/Maker: Stuart Davis
Classification: Paintings

Stuart Davis’s penchant for combining bright colors and variegated patterns in a spatially dynamic composition is superbly demonstrated in For Internal Use Only. A cool yellow ground dominates a diverse palette of red, greens, lavender, blues, and pinks.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1994
Artist/Maker: Agnes Denes
Classification: Prints

The intersection of art and science has been a foremost preoccupation of Agnes Denes, whose talent in this regard has been celebrated.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1996
Artist/Maker: Thornton Dial
Classification: Mixed Media

Thornton Dial’s assemblage Crying in the Jungle, Crying for Jobs immediately confronts the viewer with the challenge of trying to visually absorb the entire composition. It exemplifies Dial’s working method: “I like to use the stuff that I know about, stuff that I know the feel of.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1972
Artist/Maker: Jim Dine
Classification: Prints

As one who suffers from dyslexia, Jim Dine finds he has an affinity with poetry––personally meaningful words often arranged in an unorthodox manner.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1973
Artist/Maker: Jim Dine
Classification: Prints

Known for his passion for tools, Jim Dine is also highly regarded as a consummate and prolific printmaker, versatile in intaglio, lithography, and, on occasion, silkscreen and, more recently, woodcut.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1835
Artist/Maker: Thomas Doughty
Classification: Paintings

Thomas Doughty was an important precursor of the Hudson River School, acclaimed as America’s dominant landscape tradition of the nineteenth century. Like his contemporaries, Doughty composed landscapes in his studio from various sketches made in nature.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1860
Artist/Maker: Asher B. Durand
Classification: Paintings

Asher B. Durand’s career as an accomplished engraver prepared him well to create carefully observed depictions of nature. Rocky Cliff is painted with the scientific accuracy characteristic of his work.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1905
Artist/Maker: Thomas Eakins
Classification: Paintings

“In his late portraits, especially, Eakins sought the underlying structure and substance of the head and body and pulled no punches when it came to telling the truth about the individual who posed before him.” [1] Thomas Eakins claimed his right as an artist to read and represent the truth of...

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Collection: American Art
Date: 1970
Artist/Maker: Alfred Eisenstaedt
Classification: Photographs

As a photojournalist working for Life magazine, Alfred Eisenstaedt was regularly sent out on assignment to follow the news or to track down celebrities. The lifestyle was demanding, as he reminisced to a colleague when he was ninety-four: “I'm rereading my diaries.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1961
Artist/Maker: Philip Evergood
Classification: Paintings

In November 1943, Philip Evergood published an article, “Sure, I’m a Social Painter,” in which he addressed the tendency of artists to brag about themselves and bemoaned the paucity of critics among the large number of artists.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1922
Artist/Maker: Lyonel Feininger
Classification: Paintings

During 1911–1912, several artists moved swiftly and simultaneously toward complete abstraction: the Dutchman Piet Mondrian, the Russian Wassily Kandinsky, the Spaniard Pablo Picasso, and the American Arthur Dove.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1928
Artist/Maker: Lyonel Feininger
Classification: Paintings

Where an artist works is often critical to his art. Joseph M.W. Turner in Venice, Winslow Homer in the Adirondacks, and Andrew Wyeth in Maine all derived inspiration from the landscape, light, atmosphere, and, sometimes, the people associated with their favorite locales.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1978
Artist/Maker: Audrey Flack
Classification: Paintings

Audrey Flack’s Bounty, from 1978, is an extraordinarily colorful and imposing composition typical of her work as a leading exponent of Photorealism.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1973
Artist/Maker: Sam Francis
Classification: Prints

Most people think of Sam Francis as a great colorist; toward the end of his life, a strident, brilliant blue was his favorite color. But he also valued white, and many of his color field paintings have broad expanses of white with color hovering around the edges.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1978
Artist/Maker: Mary Frank
Classification: Prints

Mary Frank made her first monotype in 1967, not knowing that she had done so. She had made an oil painting on a glass surface which broke, so she placed a sheet of paper over the glass to transfer the painted image to its surface, which is the basic process for making a monotype.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1975
Artist/Maker: Red Grooms
Classification: Prints

Gertrude, Red Grooms’s parody of Pablo Picasso’s infamous portrait of his patron Gertrude Stein, is typical of his sardonic wit and innovative use of techniques.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1965
Artist/Maker: Robert Gwathmey
Classification: Paintings

Painted in the mid-1960s, after the heyday of Abstract Expressionism and during the ascendancy of Minimalism and Pop Art, Belle is a compelling example of Robert Gwathmey’s steadfast commitment to Social Realism.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1878
Artist/Maker: William Michael Harnett
Classification: Paintings

A relatively early painting in Harnett’s oeuvre, created just four years after the artist completed his first work in oil, Job Lot Cheap nevertheless demonstrates Harnett’s astonishing illusionistic skill.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1904
Artist/Maker: Childe Hassam
Classification: Paintings

Despite the simplicity of the subject--three magnolia blossoms in a glazed stoneware vase, placed on a polished hardwood surface-- the elegance and sophistication of this still life painting by Childe Hassam is striking.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1871
Artist/Maker: Martin Johnson Heade
Classification: Paintings

In looking back over his life, American artist Martin Johnson Heade described the effect of his travels to Brazil: “A few years after my first appearance in this breathtaking world [1863], I was attacked by the all-absorbing hummingbird craze, and it has never left me since.” He determined to...

Collection: American Art
Date: 1826-1830
Artist/Maker: Edward Hicks
Classification: Paintings

Edward Hicks revisited the subject of the peaceable kingdom sixty-two times between 1820 and his death in 1849. However, only four known versions of this particular composition, known as The Peaceable Kingdom of the Branch, have been recorded.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1859
Artist/Maker: Winslow Homer
Classification: Prints

Winslow Homer is revered today both for the powerful and dramatic images he created as well as for his enormous technical skill in watercolor and oil. But it was another medium, engraving, in which the artist first revealed his talents.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1859
Artist/Maker: Winslow Homer
Classification: Prints

Winslow Homer is revered today both for the powerful and dramatic images he created as well as for his enormous technical skill in watercolor and oil. But it was another medium, engraving, in which the artist first revealed his talents.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1881
Artist/Maker: Winslow Homer
Classification: Paintings

At a time when watercolor was considered appropriate only for preliminary sketches, Winslow Homer was among the first artists to master it and use it for finished works of art.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1859
Artist/Maker: Winslow Homer
Classification: Prints

Winslow Homer is revered today both for the powerful and dramatic images he created as well as for his enormous technical skill in watercolor and oil. But it was another medium, engraving, in which the artist first revealed his talents.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1885
Artist/Maker: George Inness
Classification: Paintings

George Inness’s The Storm was a commission of George I. Seney, a wealthy financier who was a faithful supporter of Inness’s work (Quick, Michael. George Inness: A Catalogue Raisonné. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2007, p. 171).

Collection: American Art
Date: 1972
Artist/Maker: Jasper Johns
Classification: Prints

Jasper Johns has been hard to categorize. Although he was part of the generation to chafe against the large-scale non-representational work of the Abstract Expressionists, he was also indebted to them.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1971
Artist/Maker: Jasper Johns
Classification: Prints

Much of Jasper Johns’s work consists of a delicate balance between the mundane and the sophisticated. His predilection for stencil letters and simple words belies the inscrutable combination of disparate elements, some recognizable, some not.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1973-1974
Artist/Maker: Jasper Johns
Classification: Prints

Jasper Johns loved to work in multiples, whether doing the same image multiple times in multiple media, or in multiple formats. It let him dialogue with the work under differing circumstances, and also allowed the work to interact with other work.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1861-1866
Artist/Maker: Eastman Johnson
Classification: Paintings

Eastman Johnson, a native of Maine, returned home every year between 1861 and 1866 to capture the amusing characters who assembled for the annual sugaring off, the practice of tapping the maple trees to produce maple syrup and sugar.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1860
Artist/Maker: David Johnson
Classification: Paintings

Natural Bridge, Virginia is a testament to landscape theories of the sublime in nature, as well as a symbol of the social and political climate of the mid-nineteenth century. The painting possesses a clarity of light that emphasizes the beauty of the geologic natural wonder.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1886
Artist/Maker: David Johnson
Classification: Paintings

Best known as a landscape artist, Johnson painted canvases characterized by a precision of line and clarity of light typical of Luminism. Late in his career he turned to still life subjects, which reflect the influence of Impressionism.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1972
Artist/Maker: Alex Katz
Classification: Prints

Painter and printmaker Alex Katz is known for his closely observed, large-scale portraits, in which the details are smoothed out in favor of a stylized, highly finished surface.

Collection: American Art
Date: Mid-nineteenth century
Artist/Maker: John F Kensett
Classification: Paintings

It was common practice for the painters of the Hudson River School to take small panels or canvases along on sketching trips into the mountains. They were easy to manage, and became source material for larger canvases that were developed later in urban studios.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1975
Artist/Maker: Lee Krasner
Classification: Mixed Media

Most analyses of early twentieth-century; European modernism juxtapose two archrivals: Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. The former, a Fauvist, was renowned for his sensuous use of color and line, while the latter was the foremost Cubist who emphasized form and invented collage.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1956
Artist/Maker: Lee Krasner
Classification: Paintings

As the wife and artistic partner of the mythic Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner waged many battles—against critics, her husband’s alcoholism, and her own demons. “I was not the average woman married to the average painter. I was married to Jackson Pollock.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1975
Artist/Maker: Lee Krasner
Classification: Mixed Media

Most analyses of early twentieth-century European modernism juxtapose two archrivals: Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. The former, a Fauvist, was renowned for his sensuous use of color and line, while the latter was the foremost Cubist who emphasized form and invented collage.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1983
Artist/Maker: Nicholas Krushenick
Classification: Prints

The boldly colorful abstract artist Nicholas Krushenick was happy to avoid being identified with any one of the post-Abstract Expressionism movements: Pop, Minimalism, Hard-edge Painting, or even Op art.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1980
Artist/Maker: Nicholas Krushenick
Classification: Prints

Nicholas Krushenick, a lifelong New Yorker, once explained how his creative process began as a reaction to the city: “I walk around the city an awful lot. I just walk around the city and get visually stimulated over the way a fire escape is hanging or a neon light that’s blinking someplace.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1968
Artist/Maker: Jacob Lawrence
Classification: Paintings

An artist who painted narratives about fellow African Americans, Jacob Lawrence chafed when called a social realist. Yet, in his numerous depictions of slavery, struggle, Harlem streets, libraries, and construction workers he clearly had an agenda.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1865
Artist/Maker: Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze
Classification: Paintings

In his portrayal of his friend, the landscape painter Worthington Whittredge, Emanuel Leutze offers clues about the working environment of a mid-nineteenth century painter. Shown in profile at his elaborately draped easel, Whittredge sits erect as he labors on his canvas.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1866
Artist/Maker: Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze
Classification: Prints

Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware gained fame and recognition through the wide circulation of engravings based on the monumental canvas. The original painting was created in Düsseldorf, but burned in a fire and had to be repainted.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1970
Artist/Maker: Roy Lichtenstein
Classification: Prints

Roy Lichtenstein developed his signature Pop art style by merging high-art formalism with material culture.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1930
Artist/Maker: Louis Lozowick
Classification: Prints

Louis Lozowick’s Breakfast is a synthesis of early Modernist styles: Cubism, Precisionism, and even Surrealism, all of which he had encountered during his sojourn in Europe, 1919¬–1924. It is also a supreme example of his talent with tonal lithography.

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Collection: American Art
Date: 1925
Artist/Maker: Paul Manship
Classification: Sculpture

While a great deal of Paul Manship’s oeuvre consists of large-scale commissions that complement modern buildings and public spaces, it also includes smaller sculptures that served as attractive gifts for friends and patrons and were also readily marketable.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1925
Artist/Maker: John Marin
Classification: Paintings

There is little doubt that John Marin was passionate about New York City and was exhilarated by its pace, noise, and imposing new buildings, which appealed to him after his earlier endeavors in architecture.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1930
Artist/Maker: Reginald Marsh
Classification: Prints

Of the burlesque shows that were a frequent subject of his paintings and prints, Reginald Marsh said, “The whole thing is extremely pictorial. … You get a woman in the spotlight, the gilt architecture of the place, plenty of humanity.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1916
Artist/Maker: Alfred Henry Maurer
Classification: Paintings

Painted at the height of the artist’s Fauvist period, Alfred Maurer’s Landscape: Provence illustrates many of the style’s key principles: use of heightened color to express emotion, application of discreet patches of unblended paint, and lack of spatial recession.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1873
Artist/Maker: F. Molder
Classification: Prints

This engraving was published in Harper’s Bazar on March 22, 1873. It depicts an Arab man named “Said” riding through the Bois de Boulogne, Paris, in a small chariot harnessed to an ostrich. The ostrich leads a small parade of camels, with two riders shown.

Collection: American Art
Date: 2000-2001
Artist/Maker: Julie Moos
Classification: Photographs

A Canadian-born artist who was living in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2000, Julie Moos was invited by a member of the New Pilgrim Baptist Church to photograph women in the predominantly African American congregation who were celebrated for their elaborate hats.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1970-1971
Artist/Maker: Robert Motherwell
Classification: Prints

With the exception of Robert Motherwell, most of the Abstract Expressionists eschewed printmaking. Instead, they preferred working alone, on a large scale, with loaded brushes and animated gestures.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1845-1850
Artist/Maker: William Sidney Mount
Classification: Paintings

At first glance, the scene in William Sidney Mount’s The Card Players—two men enjoying a game of cards—appears fairly benign. Looking closer, however, we notice signs of disarray. A jug on the floor and coins on the table signify that the men are both drinking and gambling.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Susan Mullally
Classification: Photographs

Among the photographers admired by Susan Mullally, the one that stands out is Arnold Newman. His ability to portray his sitters in meaningful settings and his Artists Look Like This series served as models for Mullally as she photographed artists visiting Reynolda House.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Susan Mullally
Classification: Photographs

Susan Mullally’s assignment was to record the visits of artists to Reynolda House, and to capture them in a way that showed a portion of the house. More often than not, the artists were so imposing and engaging that the setting became secondary.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1984
Artist/Maker: Susan Mullally
Classification: Photographs

Reynolda House’s visiting artists series included well-established artists like Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Chuck Close, as well as lesser-known figures such as Alan Shields (1944–2005). Shields was younger than the others, and also more unconventional.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Susan Mullally
Classification: Photographs

Photographer Susan Mullally seems to have caught her subject, painter Gregory Gillespie, a bit off guard. He stands, unposed, frowning at the camera. In the background are the opened French doors of Reynolda House’s sun porch and a glimpse inside showing the backs of three chairs.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Susan Mullally
Classification: Photographs

Susan Mullally’s image of noted photorealist artist Chuck Close is not only clever, but also very appropriate to her sitter. The concept of multiple images is germane to his work as is the idea of making art from photographs.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1987
Artist/Maker: Susan Mullally
Classification: Photographs

Serving as photographer-in-residence at Reynolda House, Susan Mullally was assigned to document the visits of such notable figures as Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000). She frequently shot them outdoors, with available light, which allowed for greater informality.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Alice Neel
Classification: Prints

Beginning in the early 1960s, Alice Neel became highly regarded for her masterful psychological portraits of art world celebrities. But throughout her career, she also painted her own children and grandchildren, as well as those of others.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1980
Artist/Maker: Louise Nevelson
Classification: Sculpture

Louise Nevelson’s reflections on her own work are often mystical in tone.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1976
Artist/Maker: Louise Nevelson
Classification: Mixed Media

Louise Nevelson is best known for her iconic shadow-box-like sculptures, but her work in printmaking was also significant. With her prints, she was able to experiment with shading, gradation, color, and reflectiveness in a way that was impossible with her matte black sculptures.

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Collection: American Art
Date: 1945
Artist/Maker: Arnold Newman
Classification: Photographs

Arnold Newman’s preference was to photograph his subjects in their surroundings, and to this end he traveled extensively—to England for Henry Moore, to Cannes, France, for Picasso, and to New Mexico for Georgia O’Keeffe.

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Collection: American Art
Date: 1942
Artist/Maker: Arnold Newman
Classification: Photographs

As he worked on his portraits of artists, Arnold Newman befriended many of them, and visited them several times. They often exchanged works, a common practice among artists, who generally could not afford to purchase the works they admired.

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Collection: American Art
Date: 1941
Artist/Maker: Arnold Newman
Classification: Photographs

While much is made of Arnold Newman’s “environmental portraits”—placing sitters in the context of their occupations, with symbols associated with them—what any portraitist is really after is the inner personality of his subject.

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Collection: American Art
Date: 1941
Artist/Maker: Arnold Newman
Classification: Photographs

While making his many photographs of artists, Arnold Newman often became close friends with his subjects, especially if they were in similar straitened circumstances.

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Collection: American Art
Date: 1941
Artist/Maker: Arnold Newman
Classification: Photographs

While the series that launched Arnold Newman’s career, Artists Look Like This, emphasized painters and sculptors, he also made indelible portraits of performing artists.

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Collection: American Art
Date: 1942
Artist/Maker: Arnold Newman
Classification: Photographs

Arnold Newman found that artists in general were more receptive to his work: “Artists accepted photography right from the beginning, long before it was ‘discovered’ by dealers, critics, and the public. A great many, from Degas to Rauschenberg, have worked seriously with the camera.

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Collection: American Art
Date: 1945
Artist/Maker: Arnold Newman
Classification: Photographs

In devising his “environmental portraits,” Arnold Newman responded to his sitters and their surroundings, but his method was inclusive. “The subject of a photographic portrait must be envisioned in terms of sharp lenses, fast emulsions, textures, light and realism.

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Collection: American Art
Date: 1941
Artist/Maker: Arnold Newman
Classification: Photographs

Although Arnold Newman photographed some of the most famous and powerful individuals of the late twentieth century, artists were among his favorite subjects. They were accessible, willing, and supportive. “I have never been interested in simply photographing personalities.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1922
Artist/Maker: Georgia O'Keeffe
Classification: Drawings

A backing inscription on this pastel drawing by Georgia O’Keeffe, written in Alfred Stieglitz’s hand, reads “Walk in Lake George/Pond in Centre.” [1] Whether “pool” or “pond,” the landscape depicted is thus associated with the Stieglitz family compound at Lake George.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1900
Artist/Maker: George E. Ohr
Classification: Ceramics

Ohr (1857-1919) shaped on the potter's wheel a bulbous earthenware vase with everted neck, then altered the form by twisting the neck, crimping the rim, and impressing eight "petals" in a circle to make an conventional eight-lobed flower on one side.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1975
Artist/Maker: Claes Oldenburg
Classification: Prints

Claes Oldenburg, one of the leading figures of the Pop art movement, took the inspiration for Spoon Pier from his hometown of Chicago.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1991
Artist/Maker: Nam June Paik
Classification: Mixed Media

In an interview in 1992, the Korean-American artist Nam June Paik responded to a question about the use of old television sets to screen electronic manipulations of digital imagery. He responded: “To me old television sets resemble sculptures.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1795
Artist/Maker: Charles Willson Peale
Classification: Paintings

In 1795, the artist Charles Willson Peale traveled from Philadelphia with his wife Betsey and his nine-year-old daughter Sophonisba to visit his elder daughter Angelica at her home in Baltimore.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1975-1976
Artist/Maker: Philip Pearlstein
Classification: Prints

Philip Pearlstein’s drawings, paintings, and prints have been controversial for three reasons: their utter realism, their nude subject matter, and their spatial illusionism at a time when most artists valued the flatness of the picture plane.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1995
Artist/Maker: Beverly Pepper
Classification: Sculpture

While many contemporary artists elect to name their pieces “untitled,” leaving the viewer to invent his or her own interpretations, others offer more momentous labels for their art work.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1906
Artist/Maker: Robert Edge Pine
Classification: Prints

Congress Voting Independence may be the most accurate depiction of that historic event ever created. Originally painted by the English-born artist Robert Edge Pine, the image was engraved by Edward Savage.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1941
Artist/Maker: Horace Pippin
Classification: Paintings

“How I paint. . . The colors are very simple such as brown, amber, yellow, black, white, and green. The pictures which I have already painted come to me in my mind, and if to me it is a worthwhile picture, I paint it.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1964
Artist/Maker: Fairfield Porter
Classification: Paintings

For centuries, Maine, with its rugged coastlines and equally craggy people, has attracted artists, and it continues to do so today. The Wyeths, John Marin, Marsden Hartley, Fairfield Porter, Robert Indiana, and countless others have found their way to its shores.

Collection: American Art
Date: 20th Century
Artist/Maker: Ace Powell
Classification: Paintings

This landscape oil painting features themes of the American West, with a decorated Native American man on a horse, presumably a trader. He rides a white horse, with a small herd of brown horses following behind him. Another rider can be seen in the distance, at the back of the herd.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1916-1918
Artist/Maker: Maurice Brazil Prendergast
Classification: Paintings

With The Bathing Cove, circa 1918, the American modernist Maurice Prendergast continued to explore a theme that had preoccupied him for decades: groups of figures, decoratively arranged into a frieze-like formation, in a bucolic outdoor setting.

Collection: American Art
Date: 2000
Artist/Maker: Martin Puryear
Classification: Prints

Martin Puryear’s Cane reveals the artist’s ongoing interest in African American history and culture. Sculptures in the artist’s oeuvre, such as Some Lines for Jim Beckwourth, 1978, collection of the artist, and Ladder for Booker T.

Collection: American Art
Date: 2000
Artist/Maker: Martin Puryear
Classification: Prints

Martin Puryear’s Cane reveals the artist’s ongoing interest in African American history and culture. Sculptures in the artist’s oeuvre, such as Some Lines for Jim Beckwourth, 1978, collection of the artist, and Ladder for Booker T.

Collection: American Art
Date: 2000
Artist/Maker: Martin Puryear
Classification: Prints

Martin Puryear’s Cane reveals the artist’s ongoing interest in African American history and culture. Sculptures in the artist’s oeuvre, such as Some Lines for Jim Beckwourth, 1978, collection of the artist, and Ladder for Booker T.

Collection: American Art
Date: 2000
Artist/Maker: Martin Puryear
Classification: Prints

Martin Puryear’s Cane reveals the artist’s ongoing interest in African American history and culture. Sculptures in the artist’s oeuvre, such as Some Lines for Jim Beckwourth, 1978, collection of the artist, and Ladder for Booker T.

Collection: American Art
Date: 2000
Artist/Maker: Martin Puryear
Classification: Mixed Media

Martin Puryear’s Cane reveals the artist’s ongoing interest in African American history and culture. Sculptures in the artist’s oeuvre, such as Some Lines for Jim Beckwourth, 1978, collection of the artist, and Ladder for Booker T.

Collection: American Art
Date: 2000
Artist/Maker: Martin Puryear
Classification: Prints

Martin Puryear’s Cane reveals the artist’s ongoing interest in African American history and culture. Sculptures in the artist’s oeuvre, such as Some Lines for Jim Beckwourth, 1978, collection of the artist, and Ladder for Booker T.

Collection: American Art
Date: 2000
Artist/Maker: Martin Puryear
Classification: Prints

Martin Puryear’s Cane reveals the artist’s ongoing interest in African American history and culture. Sculptures in the artist’s oeuvre, such as Some Lines for Jim Beckwourth, 1978, collection of the artist, and Ladder for Booker T.

Collection: American Art
Date: 2000
Artist/Maker: Martin Puryear
Classification: Prints

Martin Puryear’s Cane reveals the artist’s ongoing interest in African American history and culture. Sculptures in the artist’s oeuvre, such as Some Lines for Jim Beckwourth, 1978, collection of the artist, and Ladder for Booker T.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1979
Artist/Maker: Robert Rauschenberg
Classification: Prints

The contrast between Robert Rauschenberg’s heavily industrial hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, and the stunning natural beauty of his later residence in southwest Florida is paradoxically highlighted and equalized in the Rookery Mounds series of lithographs.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Robert Rauschenberg
Classification: Prints

Robert Rauschenberg’s famous and distinctive works of the 1950s, the Combines, conceptually and visually permeated his entire career. Just as they were assemblages of disparate objects, much of Rauschenberg’s printmaking consists of visual collages drawn from many sources.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1908
Artist/Maker: Frederic Remington
Classification: Sculpture

Frederic Remington’s knowledge of and affection for horses began at an early age; the son of a colonel who fought in the cavalry during the Civil War, he rode extensively throughout his childhood in upstate New York.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1873-1876
Artist/Maker: William Rimmer
Classification: Paintings

The artist and highly regarded teacher William Rimmer instructed, “Make your men deep- chested and narrow-waisted, like a lion.” [1] This statement reveals his love of anatomy and his fascination with lions, qualities evident in Lion in the Arena.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1993
Artist/Maker: Arnaldo Roche
Classification: Paintings

Arnaldo Roche-Rabell explains that he “live[s] intensely in search of the physical and psychological life of others. In this world created on canvas everything must leave its mark.” [1] The Black Man Always Hides His Left Hand vividly demonstrates this point of view.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1867
Artist/Maker: Severin Roesen
Classification: Paintings

Flowers in a Glass Pitcher with Bird's Nest and Fruit depicts a profusion of cut flowers painted in realistic detail against an ambiguous dark background. The glass urn, which holds the arrangement sits atop a curved gray marble table.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1973-1974
Artist/Maker: James Rosenquist
Classification: Prints

Like much of James Rosenquist’s work, Off the Continental Divide is large and multifaceted. It is also autobiographical. When it was published in 1974 by Universal Limited Art Editions, it was the largest print—over six feet wide—ever to have been pulled from a press.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1970
Artist/Maker: Edward Ruscha
Classification: Prints

In their renditions of commercial brands, comic strips, and newspaper articles, Pop artists incorporated lettering as words, names, or phrases.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1798
Artist/Maker: Edward Savage
Classification: Prints

On March 3, 1798, an advertisement appeared in The Philadelphia Gazette announcing the sale of a new engraving of George Washington and his family: “The print, representing General Washington and his Family, all whole lengths in one groupe, will be ready for delivery by the 15th of March...

Collection: American Art
Date: 1971
Artist/Maker: Ben Schonzeit
Classification: Paintings

Ben Schonzeit’s Englishtown Jewels depicts a jumbled collection of jewelry scattered across a dark surface.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Richard Serra
Classification: Prints

Sculptors who specialize in site-specific work face the dilemma of what to exhibit in gallery and museum shows. Some display models and working drawings, while others develop independent bodies of work.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1820-1821
Artist/Maker: Joshua Shaw
Classification: Paintings

In preparation for a portfolio of engravings entitled Picturesque Views of American Scenery, Joshua Shaw traveled south in 1819–1820 in pursuit of suitably picturesque places. The locale for Witch Duck Creek appears to be Witchduck Point near Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1952
Artist/Maker: Charles Sheeler
Classification: Paintings

Conversation Piece is representative of Charles Sheeler’s clean Precisionist style. The flattened industrial architectural forms are layered and transparent in a quasi-Cubist manner. The cool palette of whites and grays is punctuated by a cerulean sky and rich green shrubbery.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1974
Artist/Maker: Alan J. Shields
Classification: Prints

Rat is one of a group of two-sided prints that Alan Shields made at Bill Weege’s Jones Road Print Shop and Stable in 1973 and 1974. These open grid or “lattice prints” were constructed out of strips of previously printed paper.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1972-1973
Artist/Maker: Alan J. Shields
Classification: Prints

International Teady Bear is a work from Alan Shields’s artistic collaboration with master printer Bill Weege at the Jones Road Print Shop and Stable in Wisconsin during the early 1970s.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1971
Artist/Maker: Alan J. Shields
Classification: Prints

Sun Moon Title Page is the first and most significant print from Alan Shields’s multi-year collaboration with master printmaker Bill Weege in the 1970s.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1910
Artist/Maker: John Sloan
Classification: Prints

In 1904, John Sloan married Anna “Dolly” Wall and the couple moved from Philadelphia to New York, settling in Chelsea. The neighborhood had a shabby bohemian quality that appealed to them.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1925
Artist/Maker: John Sloan
Classification: Prints

In his later paintings and prints, Sloan often embraced a bird’s-eye perspective, presenting a view of the city from a high elevation. The change indicates a shift in the way that Sloan gathered material for his images.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1910
Artist/Maker: John Sloan
Classification: Prints

In 1904, John Sloan married Anna “Dolly” Wall and the couple moved from Philadelphia to New York, settling in Chelsea. The neighborhood had a shabby bohemian quality that appealed to them.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1911
Artist/Maker: John Sloan
Classification: Prints

In 1904, John Sloan married Anna “Dolly” Wall and the couple moved from Philadelphia to New York, settling in Chelsea. The neighborhood had a shabby bohemian quality that appealed to them.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1912
Artist/Maker: John Sloan
Classification: Prints

By 1912, John Sloan had achieved some degree of artistic success with his paintings, but he still turned to etching to make small, quick studies of street life. The resulting works preserve the artist’s freshness of vision while still conveying complex meanings.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1906
Artist/Maker: John Sloan
Classification: Prints

After moving to New York in 1904, John and Dolly Sloan quickly renewed the friendships of other Philadelphia artists who had made the move earlier. Chief among those friends were Robert and Linda Henri. Sloan and Henri were in fact more than friends.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1905
Artist/Maker: John Sloan
Classification: Prints

In 1904, John Sloan married Anna “Dolly” Wall and the couple moved from Philadelphia to New York, settling in Chelsea. The neighborhood had a shabby bohemian quality that appealed to them.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1905
Artist/Maker: John Sloan
Classification: Prints

In 1904, John Sloan married Anna “Dolly” Wall and the couple moved from Philadelphia to New York, settling in Chelsea. The neighborhood had a shabby bohemian quality that appealed to them.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1905
Artist/Maker: John Sloan
Classification: Prints

In 1904, John Sloan married Anna “Dolly” Wall and the couple moved from Philadelphia to New York, settling in Chelsea. The neighborhood had a shabby bohemian quality that appealed to them.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1906
Artist/Maker: John Sloan
Classification: Prints

In 1904, John Sloan married Anna “Dolly” Wall and the couple moved from Philadelphia to New York, settling in Chelsea. The neighborhood had a shabby bohemian quality that appealed to them.

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Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Harry Smith
Classification: Prints

The Anthology Film Archives in New York City was founded in 1969 and is “dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of independent and avant-garde film.” [1] Ten years later it acquired Manhattan’s Second Avenue courthouse as its permanent home.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1935
Artist/Maker: David Smith
Classification: Sculpture

About 1930, while still in art school, David Smith saw reproductions of Pablo Picasso’s recent sculpture, and this simple event served as a turning point for the young artist.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1928
Artist/Maker: Joseph Stella
Classification: Paintings

Joseph Stella painted Tree, Cactus, Moon, circa 1928, during a long stay in his native Italy.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1973
Artist/Maker: Frank Stella
Classification: Prints

In an oft-repeated statement, Frank Stella said of his Minimalist stripe paintings, “What you see is what you see,” although he did add, “but the worthwhile qualities of painting are always going to be both visual and emotional, and it’s got to be a convincing emotional experience.” [1] His...

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: May Stevens
Classification: Prints

May Stevens’s Ordinary/Extraordinary series of collages, paintings, and prints began in 1976 with a collage entitled Two Women. The women were the artist’s biological mother Alice Stevens (1895–1985) and the Polish-born German Socialist heroine Rosa Luxemburg (1870–1919).

Collection: American Art
Date: 1809
Artist/Maker: Gilbert Stuart
Classification: Paintings

Sally Foster (1770-1836), daughter of Grace Spear and William Foster, a Boston merchant, married Harrison Gray Otis (1765-1848) in 1790.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1831
Artist/Maker: Thomas Sully
Classification: Paintings

In his portrait of the scholar and writer Jared Sparks (1789–1866), Thomas Sully presents his subject as a dreamy and romantic hero.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1755
Artist/Maker: Jeremiah Thëus
Classification: Paintings

The daughter of a prominent South Carolina family, Elizabeth Allston married Thomas Lynch, another well-connected South Carolinian, in 1745. At age 17, she became the mistress of Hopsewee Plantation, where the Lynch family cultivated rice and indigo.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1975
Artist/Maker: Mark Tobey
Classification: Prints

The art of the Orient has long inspired western artists, from James A. M. Whistler and Edouard Manet to Mark Tobey and Morris Graves, two artists associated with the Pacific Northwest.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1998
Artist/Maker: Lloyd Toone
Classification: Mixed Media

The inventiveness of mixed media artists is sometimes limitless. Lloyd Toone’s inspiration comes not only from the materials he can scrounge and his African roots, but also from his wife’s career as a fashion model and owner of a hair salon.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1871
Artist/Maker: Elihu Vedder
Classification: Paintings

Elihu Vedder’s Dancing Girl from 1871 demonstrates the way the artist absorbed and synthesized various influences to create a harmonious whole. In the painting, a fair-haired model stands holding an elaborately decorated tambourine.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1916
Artist/Maker: Abraham Walkowitz
Classification: Drawings

Many artists are known for their passions—Leonardo for science, Picasso for women, Matisse for color—but Abraham Walkowitz’s obsession with the celebrated modern dancer Isadora Duncan sets him apart from the others. Over his lifetime it is believed that he created five thousand images of her....

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Andy Warhol
Classification: Prints

Fascinated by movie stars from the time he was six-years-old, Andy Warhol became enamored with making his own films after he bought a sixteen-millimeter Bolex camera in 1963. He was as unconventional and inventive in his films as he was in his paintings and prints.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1948
Artist/Maker: Max Weber
Classification: Paintings

This striking image of two nude figures, hand in hand, standing in a flat landscape with an overcast sky defies easy interpretation. Max Weber was one of the first early modernists in American art.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: William Wegman
Classification: Photographs

William Wegman immortalized Man Ray and his other Weimaraners through his lucid and clever photographs and videos. He invented a panoply of poses and characters, often using ingenious props and dressing up his dogs in crazy costumes imitative of human beings.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1864
Artist/Maker: Worthington Whittredge
Classification: Paintings

This intimate landscape, considered by many Worthington Whittredge’s masterpiece, commands the attention of the viewer through dramatic use of light and a strong vertical composition. A limited palette, controlled brushstroke, and realistic forms create a picture of restrained natural beauty.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1936
Artist/Maker: Grant Wood
Classification: Paintings

A high horizon line running along the exaggerated width of the composition paradoxically creates simultaneous feelings of expansion and compression in this depiction of an eastern Iowa landscape.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1851
Artist/Maker: Richard Caton Woodville
Classification: Prints

Richard Caton Woodville’s 1848 painting War News from Mexico was extraordinarily popular in the nineteenth century, and it remains one of the most recognized American genre paintings.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1957
Artist/Maker: Andrew Wyeth
Classification: Paintings

As a child, Andrew Wyeth rambled across the rural hillsides of his native Chadds Ford, his imagination fired up by tales of pirates and Robin Hood, which he had heard from his father, the noted illustrator N.C. Wyeth.

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