The Card Players (1845-1850), William Sidney Mount, oil on panel. Gift of Barbara B. Millhouse.


Outlaws in American Art

Exhibition Dates: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Sunday, December 16, 2018
Northwest Bedroom Gallery | View Gallery

In 2018, Reynolda House presents an art historical “rogue’s gallery” in a former bedroom of the historic house. Works by Thomas Hart Benton, Robert Gwathmey, Joseph Blackburn, and others depict the eternally fascinating figure of the outlaw. Some subjects, like Frank and Jesse James, we know by name. In other paintings, symbolic figures stand accused of murder, banditry, adultery, treason, gambling, terrorism, and forbidden love. Like Benton, these artists sought to create “something that is in the image of America and the American people of my time.” Like him, they did not shy away from portraying those Americans, brave or menacing, who transgressed the laws of the land.