Monthly Archives: April 2011

THOMAS HART BENTON: The Sources of Country Music, c.1975

Thomas Hart Benton was a major American artist from Missouri. His paintings are famous for showing ordinary people doing common things. He drew and painted portraits, landscapes, and scenes of people at work in farms, factories, and busy cities. His … Continue reading

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Romare Bearden: The Dove, c. 1964

Born in the south, Romare Bearden grew up in a middle-class African-American family. About 1914, his family joined the Great Migration of southern blacks to points north and west. In the early twentieth century, Jim Crow laws kept many blacks … Continue reading

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Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series, No 57 c. 1940 – 1941

In the late 1930s, the American artist Jacob Lawrence began producing extended narratives composed of multiple small paintings that were based on history or biography. Lawrence’s greatest inspiration came from the people and places of his Harlem neighborhood.  Everything was … Continue reading

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Mary Cassatt : The Boating Party c. 1893 – 1894

Mary Stevenson Cassatt was an American painter and print maker. She lived much of her adult life in France, where she first befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists. Mary Cassatt decided to become an artist at age … Continue reading

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Frank Lloyd Wright: Fallingwater, 1935 – 1939

Fallingwater is a man-made dwelling suspended above a waterfall. It offers an imaginative solution to a perennial American problem: how to enjoy a civilized life without intruding upon the natural world. With Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a house nestled … Continue reading

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Edward Hopper: House by the Railroad c. 1925

Edward Hopper was an American painter whose highly individualistic works are landmarks of American realism. His paintings embody in art a particular American 20th-century sensibility that is characterized by isolation, melancholy, and loneliness. His early paintings, were committed to realism … Continue reading

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