American 18-19th Century Representational Art



This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American 18-19th Century Representational 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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America: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of a Nation, an exhibit held June 26, 2010 - January 2, 2012 at the Gilcrease Museum. Includes images of selected works in the exhibit. Accessed August, 2015

American Art Masterworks, an exhibit held October 11 - December 7, 2014 at the Seattle Art Museum. Includes bibliogaphy. Accessed April, 2015

Ferdinand Richardt: Drawings of America, 1855-1859, an exhibit held February 11 - April 15, 2007 at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. Accessed March, 2015.

Life and Art in Early America, an exhibit held July 2014 through June 7, 2015 at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College. Accessed January, 2016.

Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy, an exhibit held November 11, 2011 - September 09, 2012 at the New-York Historical Society. Includes curriculum guide. Accessed April, 2015.

Masterpieces of American Art, 1770-1920: From the Detroit Institute of Arts, an exhibit held October 23, 2004-January 30, 2005 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Accessed February, 2015.

Men at Work is a 2015 exhibit at the Heckscher Museum of Art which says: "In paintings, sculpture, and photographs, artists have depicted intellectuals, sailors, farmers, miners, and soldiers, capturing aspects of their emotional life as well as their physical labor. William Merritt Chase, Thomas Eakins, George Grosz, John Rogers, Emma Stebbins, and John Sloan are among the featured artists." Accessed 8/18

Nature and Opulence: The Art of Martin Johnson Heade is a 2016 exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum which says: " Largely forgotten by scholars and collectors after his death, Martin Johnson Heade is now being revisited as one of the most varied and inventive painters of his generation." Accessed 8/18

Orra White Hitchcock (1796­1863): An Amherst Woman of Art and Science, an exhibit held January 28 - May 29, 2011 at the Mead Art Museum. Includes checklist and audio tour. Accessed February, 2015

Perfectly American: The Art-Union and Its Artists, an exhibit held July 24, 2011 - October 2, 2011 at the Gilcrease Museum. Includes images of selected works in the exhibit. Accessed August, 2015

Rufus Porter's Curious World: Art and Invention in America, 1815-1860 is a 2019 exhibit at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art which says: "This exhibition celebrates the artist and inventor Rufus Porter (1792­1884), an imaginative polymath and entrepreneur curious about art, science, and communication technologies." Exhibit information includes press release, object labels, press coverage and 25-minute video discussion by the curators.  Accessed 8/20

Staging Art in the 19th Century is a 2020 exhibit at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art which says: "In the United States, entrepreneurs would set up showplaces where a major painting would be displayed within a room or small alcove, with curtains draped on both sides to emphasize the theatricality of the setting. It was an atmosphere meant to inspire both awe and appreciation for the virtuosic talents of the artist, while also creating an intimate viewing relationship with the painting." Accessed 10/20

A Wilderness Distant from Ourselves: Art and Ecology in 19th-Century America is a 2019 exhibit at the Addison Gallery of American Art which says: "Focusing on the 19th century, an era that witnessed both the extreme and violent exploitation of the land and its peoples and the birth of a modern conservation movement, this exhibition will unfold chronologically and move from New England to the West." Also see 9/4/19 Eagle Tribune article Accessed 5/20



American Art, 1785-1926: Seven Artist Profiles is a DVD containing seven video presentations on American artists of the 19th century. A 32-page viewer's guide accompanying the DVD includes a biography of each artist and reproductions of featured works. This DVD is lent free of charge through the National Gallery of Art's Division of Education. Image courtesy NGA. Titles include:

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