Art of North America
This new installation features the highlights of the Museum’s permanent collection of U.S. and Mexican art. The Art of the Americas has been a particular collecting interest of the Museum since its founding. Paintings by Robert Henri and John Sloan were among the first pieces donated to the Museum, and they were soon joined by the works of George Bellows, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, and Thomas Eakins. Works by all are included in the installation, along with other canonical American artists such as Asher B. Durand, Eastman Johnson, and Albert Bierstadt.
The work of local artists has also been an interest of the Museum since its inception and the displays include a group of California plein air paintings by such artists as Maurice Braun, Charles Fries, Alfred Mitchell, and Charles Reiffel. The installation is arranged in two parts: an overview of the early twentieth-century urban realists active in Philadelphia and New York –
many of whom were known popularly as members of the Ash Can School – and a survey of portraits, still lifes, and landscapes from the eighteenth through the early twentieth century.