Exhibition

American Places: Painting the Landscape in the Nineteenth Century

September 20, 2013 - January 6, 2014
Garen Gallery

American Places explores the breadth of practices and responses to place in significant nineteenth-century American landscape painting in the Kemper Art Museum and St. Louis area collections. From New England villages to southern bayous, from the Delaware River to Indian Territory, the places depicted in these works reflect dramatic transformations in the composition of cultural identity over the course of a century that experienced profound social change and modernization.

The exhibition features approximately 30 paintings spanning the nineteenth century, by Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Cole, Asher Brown Durand, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Childe Hassam, George Inness, Eastman Johnson, William Trost Richards, Dwight William Tryon, John Henry Twachtman, Charles Ferdinand Wimar, Alexander Helwig Wyant, and others.

American Places is curated by Karen K. Butler, associate curator, with contributions by Jennifer Padgett and Tia Vasiliou, graduate students in the Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences.

Exhibition support

American Places: Painting the Landscape in the Nineteenth Century is enhanced by the generosity of several lenders, to whom we are deeply grateful: Sam and Marilyn Fox, the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen PhD Foundation, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and John S. Ford, Jr.

Financial support is provided by James M. Kemper, Jr.; the David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation; the William T. Kemper Foundation; the Hortense Lewin Art Fund; Diane DeMell Jacobsen, PhD; and members of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

American Arts Experience-St. Louis

Celebrating the work and inspiration of American artists, the American Arts Experience-St. Louis is a 17-day festival of American theatre, dance, music, and art beginning October 4, 2013. The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is pleased to participate in this citywide event with our fall exhibitions Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks and American Places: Painting the Landscape in the Nineteenth Century.

Image credits

Frederic Edwin Church, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, 1883. Oil on canvas, 40 1/16 x 60 1/8". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. Bequest of Charles Parsons, 1905.

Thomas Cole, Aqueduct near Rome, 1832. Oil on canvas, 44 1/2 x 67 5/16". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase, Bixby Fund, by exchange, 1987.

John Henry Twachtman, House in Landscape, c. 1890. Oil on canvas, 22 3/16 x 24". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase, Yeatman Fund, 1936.

Dwight William Tryon, Before Sunrise (Morning Twilight, at Daybreak), 1906–7. Oil on panel, 30 1/8 x 40 1/4". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase, Bixby Fund, 1910.

Joseph Rusling Meeker, Landscape (Bayou), 1879. Oil on canvas, 22 1/8 x 34 1/8". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. Gift of J. Harold Pettus, 1965.

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