Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness (Hardcover)

American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery

By Helen A. Cooper (Editor), Jon Butler (Contribution by), Joanne B. Freeman (Contribution by), Howard R. Lamar (Contribution by), Jules David Prown (Contribution by), David McCullough (Introduction by)

Yale University Press, 9780300122893, 368pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2008

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The American experiencefrom its colonial beginnings to the modern agehas captured the imagination of all Americans, including its artists. This richly illustrated book explores works from the renowned collections of American paintings, decorative arts, prints, and photographs at the Yale University Art Gallery and creates a vivid portrait of a young country defining itself culturally, politically, and geographically.Distinguished scholars shed new light on American history by examining some of the most familiar and revered objects in American artpaintings by Trumbull, Peale, Copley, Eakins, Church, and Homer; silver by Revere and Tiffany; furniture by Roux and Connelly; and photographs by Muybridge, among others. The authors discuss how issues of cultural heritage, patriotism, politics, and exploration shaped America's art as well as its attitudes and traditions.

About the Author

Helen A. Cooper is the Holcombe T. Green Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale University Art Gallery. David McCullough, American historian and bestselling author, is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award."

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