American Painting - From its beginnings to the Armory Show by Jules David Prown, John Walker, Alexis Gregory PDF

By Jules David Prown, John Walker, Alexis Gregory

The tale of yank portray starts off within the Colonial interval, within the 17th century. «The most evident truth approximately early American painting,» writes Jules David Prown, «is that there has been so little of it. while eu colonists started to identify everlasting settlements at the japanese flank of North the USA, they'd different issues on their minds than the portray of images. confronted with a urgent necessity to meet their basic existence needs—food, take care of, clothing—they followed a life-style and a view of the area that was once unavoidably pragmatic. For them the humanities appeared dangerously inappropriate, a distraction from the intense projects handy. That pragmatic perspective has characterised American tradition from its inception to the current day, and has profoundly affected the trajectory of yankee art.»

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In 5A Asher B. Durand (1796-1886). Kindred The New York Public Library, New York. 54 Astor, Spirits, 1849. (46x36") Lenox and Tilden Foundations. The Search for Identity addition to such familiar obstacles as unsettled political and economic conditions IN inhibiting patronage of the arts, and the lack of demand for art other than portraiture, American artists in the first half of the nineteenth century faced some new problems. These grew out of two related issues: what kind of art was appropriate for a democracy and what were to be the sources of artistic support in a democracy?

After a petty dispute over the date of his commission, he quit the army. Renting John Smibert's old studio in Boston, he copied some of Smibert's copies of old master paintings and also painted portraits and history pictures that reflect the influence of Copley. In 1780 he went to London to study with Benjamin West. However upon the arrest and execution in America of the British spy. Major John Andre, Trumbull, an ex-offlcer in the Revolutionary Army, was jailed in reprisal. He was released in 1781 (Copley and West posted his bail), and deported to America.

50%x39y8") City Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri. 30 n and a major artist by any standards, was John Singleton Copley (1738-1815). An exact contemporary of West, Copley was born in similarly modest circumstances, the son of a Boston tobacconist and his wife, recently arrived from Ireland. Copley grew up in Boston on Long Wharf, which jutted into the harbor. After his father's death on a trip to the West Indies, Copley's widowed mother, who continued to run the tobacco shop, married Peter Pelham, the engraver, in 1748.

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