Category Archives: American

Mort Künstler – Mid-century American Realism

Mort Künstler is a renowned artist of Civil War historical paintings, and also has prolific history as a pulp illustrator. In the 1960s and 1970s, Men's magazines exploited Cold War tensions and capitalized on prevalent working class American fears. "The Sweats," as they are commonly known, followed the blueprint set by the pulp magazines of Read More

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Albert Bierstadt – American Romanticism (Hudson River School III.)

Most of the finest works of the Hudson River school were painted between 1855 and 1875, after the death of its founder, Thomas Cole. During this time, artists like Frederic Edwin Church and Albert Bierstadt were celebrities. When Church exhibited paintings such as Niagara or Icebergs of the North, thousands of people lined up and paid fifty cents Read More

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Frederic Edwin Church – American Romanticism (Hudson River School II.)

Most of the finest works of the Hudson River school were painted between 1855 and 1875, after the death of its founder, Thomas Cole. During this time, artists like Frederic Edwin Church and Albert Bierstadt were celebrities. When Church exhibited paintings such as Niagara or Icebergs of the North, thousands of people lined up and paid fifty cents Read More

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Thomas Cole – American Romanticism (Hudson River School I.)

Thomas Cole is generally acknowledged as the founder of the Hudson River School. The movement's paintings reflect three themes of 19th century America: discovery, exploration, and settlement. Hudson River artists, especially those influenced by Thomas Cole, developed an intensely romantic style that made idyllic natural settings glow with god-like energy, described as luminist. In general, Hudson Read More

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Emanuel Luetze – American Neoclassical & The Revolutionary War

Emanuel Luetze, famous for his painting Washington Crossing the Delaware, painted a variety of neoclassical works of great interest. Painting in the early and mid 1800s, in the generation after Benjamin West and the 18th century colonists, his paintings are lively and contain a variety of themes including Manifest Destiny and 'westward expansion of the empire'; Columbus Read More

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John Trumbull – American Neoclassical & The Revolutionary War

Students of Benjamin West included John Trumbull, famous for depictions of the American Revolution. Trumbull painted scenes of George Washington, the Continental Congress, and generals on the battlefield in a neoclassical style that represents the height of picture-making for its day.

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Benjamin West – American Neoclassical & The Revolutionary War

Benjamin West, painting from 1760s to the 1810s, was a forefather of American painting. His works include neoclassical and American rococo paintings based on mythological and antiquitarian themes, many of which are recognizable. He also is also known for depictions of the settling of the New World, like Penn's Treaty with The Indians, and for portraits of the American Read More

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