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"Encouraging American Genius: Master Paintings from the Corcoran Gallery"
2005-08-27 until 2005-01-02
Corcoran Gallery of Art
The Corcoran's collection of pre-1945 American paintings is
characterized by exceptional quality, depth and breadth. Encouraging the
American Genius features more than 80 iconic works from this
world-renowned collection, and focuses on its three areas of greatest
strength in American painting: Hudson River School landscapes, canvases
from the Gilded Age and early twentieth century realism. Highlights of
the exhibition include celebrations of the New World terrain and its
promise: Thomas Cole's famous two-canvas cycle The Departure (1837) and
The Return (1837), Frederic Church's majestic Niagara (1857) and Albert
Bierstadt's operatic Mount Corcoran (c. 1876-1877). The exhibition also
highlights figural and landscape works documenting American artists'
varied reactions to - and escapes from - the Gilded Age and, later, the
pulsating energy and change of the twentieth century.
A number of outstanding individual works complete the selection,
including well-known examples by early masters like John Singleton
Copley and Joshua Johnson and striking modernist compositions by Maurice
Prendergast, Thomas Hart Benton and Aaron Douglas.
Encouraging American Genius: Master Paintings from the Corcoran Gallery
This exhibition is organized by the Corcoran and presented by Wachovia
Related educational programming is made possible by The Brown
Foundation, Inc., of Houston and Altria Group, Inc.