19th Century American Painting | American Art Exhibition

The Boys Are Back In Town: Audiences are Hungry for the Second Installment of “American Encounters”

Chelsea DeLay | November 14th, 2012 | Posted in News

After the success of Thomas Cole and the Birth of Landscape Painting in America, the gang is reuniting for round two of the multi-year collaborative exhibition entitled, American Encounters.  The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Musée du Louvre, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and Terra Foundation for American Art are teaming up for American Encounters: Genre Painting and Everyday Life, an exhibition featuring three nineteenth-century American paintings. These works specifically focus on how genre scenes functioned as artistic vehicles used in the early 1800’s to tell the story of the emerging American identity.  The game-changer for Genre Painting and Everyday Life is the fact that European audiences are already warmed up to American landscape painting  from the 2012 premiere exhibition; they are now eagerly anticipating a fresh and different perspective of early nineteenth-century American life. 

The three featured genre scenes are by American painters Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, Eastman Johnson, and George C. Bingham. The Louvre is generously contributing two paintings of its own—one Dutch and one English—to highlight how early genre painters influenced American art. Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting remains open at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art until January 6, 2012, and the second installment of American Encounters: Genre Painting and Everyday Life will be open at the Louvre from January 17—April 22, 2013; it will then travel to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and then to the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Recently, there has been a huge boost in the number of American art exhibitions throughout Europe.  As audiences abroad are becoming increasingly familiar with American art, their interest will undoubtedly affect the market. American art is on the rise both stateside and across the globe, a fact that should encourage market-savvy buyers to act now before prices of American art rise as a result of transatlantic competition!

Eastman Johnson, “Negro Life at the South,” ca. 1870, High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Chelsea DeLay is a Researcher at Questroyal Fine Art. Chelsea earned her MA in art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, and her BA in art history and classical studies. Her interest in American paintings first began while working at an auction house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and has multiplied exponentially since joining the Questroyal team.