Thursday, September 15, 2011

Famous North American Painters Students Should Know?

Question: Could you list famous North American painters you think students should be able to identify by the time they graduate from high school and also show a sample of their work?
Answer: Well, if they could recognize these painters, they really would be well educated. Unfortunately, students educated in American public schools are far more familiar with Western European painters. There are many more painters I would include in this list but can not for fear of violating copyrights. Artists like Fritz Scholder, he is also an exquisite painter but I haven't any jpgs. of his work.

Albert Bierstadt, "The Rocky Mountains, 
Lander's Peak", 1863, Hudson River School
James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in 
Grey and Black: The Artist's Mother (1871)
popularly known as Whistler's Mother,
Musée d'Orsay, Paris. Read his letters here.
Edward Hicks, "The Peaceable Kingdom"
(1826), National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
"A Bigger Splash", by David Hockney
1967, Tate Collection, London.
"Keith" by Chuck Close in
The Saint Louis Art Museum
"Washington Crossing the Delaware" is by German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. It commemorates General George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River on December 25, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War. That action was the first move in a surprise attack against the Hessian forces at Trenton, New Jersey in the Battle of Trenton. The painting is part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. There are many copies of the painting, one of which is in the West Wing reception area of the White House.

"American Gothic" is a painting by Grant Wood,
in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
"The Builders" by Jacob Lawrence
"Boston Cream Pies" by Wayne Theibaud
in the South Dakota Art Museum

"Christina's World" by Andrew Wyeth is now
at The Museum of Modern Art, New York City
"Black Mesa Landscape" by Georgia
O'Keeffe in the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.
O'Keeffe painted the majority of her landscapes
at Ghost Ranch where she lived out the later part of her life.

"Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper is one of
his best known works, Art Institute of Chicago
"Little Girl in a Blue Armchair" by Mary
Cassatt is at The National Gallery of D.C.
Charles Demuth (1883-1935)
The Figure 5 in Gold (1928)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Thomas Hart Benton's "Lord Heal This Child"
preliminary painting, in a private collection
"Beyond the Easel" self-portrait and boy scouts
of America by Norman Rockwell
abstract by Willem de Kooning (1957)
"Gloucester Harbor," 1873, oil on canvas by Winslow Homer.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Robert Rauschenberg, untitled "combine," 1963.