A Short History of American Painting

A Short History of American Painting

A Short History of American Painting

A Short History of American Painting

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Most Americans have fixed their eyes so exclusively on European painting that they are unaware of their own; they do not realize that we are the inheritors of a tradition of which we may well be proud. Flourishing on these shores for almost three centuries, our painters have expressed with brilliance the life and the dreams of the thirteen Colonies and the expanding United States. They may face the future with confidence based on strength.

In a short book, it is impossible to discuss every important creator our nation has produced; the story of American painting is told here with particular emphasis on the fifty-one representative artists whose works are illustrated. While looking at their pictures, we shall not forget their personalities; and we shall examine the civilization that shaped them into the kind of people they were. The hand that wields the brush is attached to a body needing food and love, and is directed by a mind that has been formed not only in studio and museum, but also in the sunlight on street and meadow.

American artists have engaged in a high adventure, beset with greater obstacles than have faced their European counterparts. Not only have they been called on to express a new world-wild at its extremities and even in its most conservative centers . . .

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