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American Stories

Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915

H. Barbara Weinberg (Editor), Carrie Rebora Barratt (Editor), Carrie Rebora Barratt (Contribution by), Margaret C. Conrads (Contribution by), E. Bruce Robertson (Contribution by), H. Barbara Weinberg (Contribution by)


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This beautiful volume explores American paintings of people engaged in the tasks and pleasures of everyday life between the colonial era and World War I. These works reflect key historical and cultural developments, including the growth of industrialization, urbanization, and immigration; changing gender roles; and the shifting location and meaning of the frontier.Focusing on leading artists, from John Singleton Copley to John Sloan, the authors address narrative content in colonial and early national portraits; genre scenes of the Jacksonian period; images from the Civil War era; and works by American Impressionists and realists in the decades before and after 1900. Like the exhibition it accompanies, the book reflects transformations in artists aspirations and viewers expectations as America evolved from isolated British outpost to leading independent participant in international affairs.

Praise For American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915

“The catalogue is beautifully produced and will be a valuable resource.”--Choice

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 9780300155082, 240pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2009

About the Author

H. Barbara Weinberg is Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, The Metropolitan Museum ofArt. Carrie Rebora Barratt is Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture and Manager of The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Margaret C. Conrads is Samuel Sosland Curator of American Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Bruce Robertson is Professor of Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Consulting Curator, Department of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art."