Eyes on America: The United States as Seen by Her Artists

Eyes on America: The United States as Seen by Her Artists

Eyes on America: The United States as Seen by Her Artists

Eyes on America: The United States as Seen by Her Artists

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An ironical painter, in a book by Stephen Crane, speaks as follows: Oh yes, American subjects are well enough, but hard to find, you know— hard to find. Morocco, Venice, Brittany, Holland—all oblige with color, you know—quaint form—all that. We are so hideously modern over here; and, besides, nobody has painted us much. How the devil can I paint America when nobody has done it before me? My dear sir, are you aware that would be originality." The tirade has ceased to be topical. American artists of to-day have dared to be original. They have looked for inspiration in their own country and have found American subjects to be plentiful. They take a healthy pleasure in being modern and being American.

This book shows what they have done. Incidentally, here is America, full of dynamic energy, rich in magnificent contrasts of city and desert, sun and snow, hard at work, amusing itself, immensely fertile, immensely vigorous. We make no excuse, therefore, in referring to this book as a landmark in the record of American culture—seeing that it is the artists of America who have created it, or in calling the image set down by their alert and curious eyes "as fascinating as a novel"—to which the commentary of Mr. W. S. Hall adds a series of racy footnotes.

Our thanks are due to all the galleries and private and public owners who have kindly allowed the reproduction of paintings in their possession—and to the artists themselves who have brought into existence this interpretation of the American Scene.

THE PUBLISHERS.

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