American Art ~ Nineteenth Century ~ Art History ~ 1800s ~ Art ~ 185 Slides

THE AUTHOR IS A RETIRED ATTORNEY AND A STILL PRODUCING ARTIST.

ACTUAL SLIDES FROM PRESENTATION ARE SHOWN ON THIS PAGE.

EXCERPT
Bullet Points in Summary of 19th Century American Art
~got off the ground with the Hudson River School in 1820 with painter Thomas Cole leading the way.
~Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Doughty and others followed Cole, with Church becoming one of the top painters of the century.
~these artists often focused on subjects unique to America, such as its westward expansion into the magnificent frontier landscapes.
~The Hudson River School inspired spin-off movements, notably the Tonalists and the Luminists.
~Independently, John James Audubon, an ornithologist, became a top naturalist artist with his “Birds of America,” (1827–1839).
~American folk art got a major push forward with Edward Hicks, a Quaker. He became an iconic figure to the Quakers first because of his paintings.
~As the West opened, artists explored its unique subjects. There were Fredrick Remington, and Charles M. Russell. George Catlin went in the reverse direction, by painting the tribal people.
~George Caleb Bingham covered the same territory as Mark Twain did in literature, the Mississippi River and its river boat life.
~Besides Church, the two other major American painters of the century were Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins.
~Homer depicted American life outside of its cities. Eakins painted middle-class city life with unflinching honesty.
~19th century American art, as one wit put it, could barely be given away for many decades. Nor did colleges want to teach it as its romanticism was embarrassing to many.
~Some smart investors began buying it though. Over time, the market for it began heating up so that in modern times it is sold for large sums, collected privately and by museums and taught in the colleges.

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