An American View

GBP £25.00



ISBN: 978-1-904832-11-9

160 Pages

215 x 255 mm (10 x 8 ½ in)

85 colour and 20 b&w illustrations

In association with the Brooklyn Museum

May 2006


Masterpieces selected from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned collection of American paintings.

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This volume accompanies and complements the publication of the two-volume authoritative catalogue of the Brooklyn Museum’s collection of American paintings by artists born by 1876. It provides ad richly illustrated general survey of American painting from the late colonial era to the early years of the 20th century, as presented in 64 of the Museum’s most significant paintings by American artists. Each painting is illustrated in colour, and the selected works are arrange din four broad chronological sections: early American art, art of the 1830s to 1850s; American painting in the Civil War era; and cosmopolitan painting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Extended captions present the key features of each painting and artist, and of the wider artistic context of the work and the period in which it was produced.

An introduciton surveys the evolution of Brooklyn’s American painting collection in the context of developments in the field of American art over the past 150 years. A Chronology of the collection, focuses on its history and growth from the 1850s to the present.

About the Author

Teresa A. Carbone is the program director for American Art at The Henry Luce Foundation. She previously worked as a curator at the Brooklyn Museum from 1985 to 2015, overseeing the American Art collections from 2005 to 2015 as Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art. She is the principal author of American Paintings in the Brooklyn Museum: Artists Born by 1876, winner of the College Art Association’s Alfred H. Barr Prize, and project director for the innovative collection installation American Identities: A New Look (2001). She was the 2014 recipient of the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art, presented by the Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Art. She completed her graduate work at the University of Delaware (M.A.) and the CUNY Graduate Center (Ph.D.).

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Perspectives on a Collection
  4. First Impression
  5. Coining American subjects
  6. New Maturity
  7. Remaking the American Image
  8. Chronology of the Collection
  9. Bibliographical Note
  10. Index