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Coming Soon to the Met: The Civil War and American Art

Chelsea DeLay | May 17th, 2013 | Posted in News

A long-awaited day is almost here! The Civil War and American Art will open at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 27 and will display seventy-five American paintings and photographs produced between 1852 and 1877.  The various sentiments felt by citizens over the course of the Civil War have been preserved in paintings created by Hudson River School artists including Frederic Edwin Church, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Winslow Homer, and Eastman Johnson.  Capturing the heightened emotions of a nation at war with itself is no small feat, and yet these American artists were able to infuse intangible thoughts and feelings into both powerful battlefront scenes and stirring representations of the American landscape.  The uncertainty of what changes would be brought about by the end of the war can be seen in the Eastman Johnson’s The Girl I Left Behind Me, while Albert Bierstadt created a more sunny, promising outlook of the nation’s future in Looking Down Yosemite Valley. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this American art exhibition will be open at The Met until September 2, 2013. This moving exhibition highlights one of the most significant events in American history—be sure to check it out!

Eastman Johnson, “The Girl I Left Behind Me,” oil on canvas, 42 x 34 7/8 inches. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Museum purchase made possible in part by Mrs. Alexander Hamilton Rice in memory of her husband and by Ralph Cross Johnson. 1986.79

Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902), “Looking Down Yosemite Valley,” 1865, oil on canvas, 64 1⁄2 x 96 1⁄2 inches. Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Ala. (1991.879). Gift of the Birmingham Public Library.

Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900), “Our Banner in the Sky,” 1861, oil on paper, 7 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches. Collection of Fred Keele.

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.