American 18-19th Century Genre Scene Art


(above: Edward Lamson Henry, Can They Go Too, 1877, oil on board, 6 x 4-5/16 inches. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)



Genre paintings are scenes from everyday life.

This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American 18-19th Century Genre Scene Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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(above: William Gilbert Gaul, Van Buren, Tennessee, c. 1881, oil on canvas, 29.6 x 44 inches, The Johnson Collection. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire (10/20/12)

American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915 (11/10/09)

Under the Canopy of Heaven: Works by William Sidney Mount (10/16/09)

Thomas Hovenden: American Painter of Hearth and Homeland; article by Michael Schantz (4/22/09)

At Home in America: 19th Century Genre Painting (7/23/08)

Karl Bodmer's Eastern Views: Celebrating Volume 1 of The North American Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied (4/25/08)

Shallow Creek: Thomas Hart Benton and American Waterways (3/27/08)

George Caleb Bingham: The Making of "The County Election (2/20/08)

William Sidney Mount: The Education of an Artist (6/28/07)

Liberty & Justice: American Ideals Portrayed by Currier & Ives (2/3/07)

Winslow Homer-American Illustrator (8/29/06)

Forging an American Identity: The Art of William Ranney (5/11/06)

Finding Religion: American Art from the Hartford Steam Boiler Collection (12/20/05)

Currier & Ives: An American Panorama (11/7/05)

Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art (7/14/05)

Winslow Homer the Illustrator: His Wood Engravings, 1857-1888 (1/22/05)

An Artist with the Corps of Discovery: The Lewis & Clark Suite by Charles Fritz (12/1/04)

George Catlin and His Indian Gallery (9/13/04)

Seen But Not Heard: Images of Children from the Collection of the Boston Athenæum (9/13/04)

Winslow Homer and the Great Forest; essay by David Tatham (7/20/04)

Currier & Ives Prints Acquired by the Springfield Museums (5/10/04)

Winslow Homer - The Illustrator: His Wood Engravings 1857-1888 (11/18/03)

A Journey Through the Nebraska Region in 1833 and 1834: From the Diaries of Prince Maximilian of Wied Translated by William J. Orr, Edited by William J. Orr and Joseph C. Porter [Introduction] (10/6/03)

Sugaring Off: The Maple Sugar Paintings of Eastman Johnson (8/26/03)

Honoring the Legacy of Lewis and Clark: Native American Art and the American West (2/13/03)

Click here for more articles and essays on this subject published in 1997-2002.


(above: Jessie Willcox Smith, 1863-1935 (artist); L. Prang & Co. (publisher), Checkers, 1861-1897 (approximate), proof print, Boston Public Library, Print Department. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


From other websites:

In October 2012 The Metropolitan Museum of Art launched MetPublications, an online resource that offers in-depth access to the Museum's print and online publications, covering art, art history, archaeology, conservation, and collecting. Titles relating to American representational art available for free viewing via.pdf download or online reading as of 2013 include: American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915; Weinberg, H. Barbara, and Carrie Rebora Barratt, eds., with essays by Carrie Rebora Barratt, Margaret C. Conrads, Bruce Robertson, and H. Barbara Weinberg (2009). Accessed August, 2015.

American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915, an exhibit held October 12, 2009-January 24, 2010 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Includes an online video,"Spectrum Presents: The Moth at the Met: American Stories," inspired by the exhibit. Accessed February, 2015.

Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th-Century American Art, an exhibit held September 20, 2013-January 12, 2014 at the Taft Museum of Art. Includes Portico article. Accessed April, 2015.

Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th-Century American Art is a 2015 exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts which says: "Telling Tales assembles paintings and sculptures from the collection of the New-York Historical Society that recount stories relating to American cultural aspirations and everyday life in the early to mid-nineteenth century."  Accessed 8/18


(above: William Sidney Mount, Bargaining for a Horse, 1835, oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society)


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