Amid the cultural, political, and economic shifts that shaped the decades between 1850 and 1940, American painters developed fresh ways of depicting the country and its people, creating new visions of life in the United States. Through their diverse representations, the artists in this exhibition, including Childe Hassam, Thomas Moran, John George Brown, William Glackens, and Jane Peterson, allow us to look back in time and consider a period of great change in the nation’s history.
These paintings highlight many aspects of American life, capturing intimate scenes in the home and suggesting the boisterous energy of public spaces.
Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850–1940 is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts and made possible by the Richard and Jane Manoogian Collection. This is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative. Generous support is provided by the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation.
Image: Robert Spear Dunning, American, 1829 - 1905. Still life with Apples, Grapes, and Other Fruits
, 1868. Oil on canvas. 17 1/4 x 23 1/4 in. (43.8 x 59.1 cm). Manoogian Collection