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Grant Wood: From Paris to Iowa

When Grant Wood’s American Gothic was first exhibited, it was a hit in Chicago and a flop in Iowa. It won Wood a bronze medal at the 1930 annual exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, was purchased by the Art Institute for its permanent collection and made Wood famous. The response in Cedar Rapids, where Woods [...]

Mary Cassatt: A Resilient American Artist

Available at Surovek Gallery: Artist: Mary Cassatt (1845-1926) Title: “Children Playing with a Cat” Created: 1908 Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 32 x 39 ½ inches When Mary Cassatt was fifteen years old she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia. The school didn’t allow female students to draw from live models [...]

Winslow Homer: Creating Uniquely American Watercolors

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries American artists copied the techniques, and worked in the shadows of, European watercolorists. Watercolors in America were used to make maps, record forays into the country and illustrate texts. Winslow Homer’s watercolor paintings changed all that and influenced many other painters to produce such great works in watercolors that, [...]

George Bellows: Chronicling the World Around Him

George Bellows was not only one of America’s greatest painters and printmakers but also a chronicler of the social changes occurring in New York in the early twentieth century. Encouraged to draw the world around him by Ashcan painter and teacher, Robert Henri, Bellows painted urban landscapes which were often beautiful and, just as often, attacked by [...]

The Power and Passion of Thomas Hart Benton Prints

Looking at America He was larger than life, a brawler and a drinker, but Thomas Hart Benton’s prints, created during the Great Depression, spoke of hope and courage to the millions of Americans who had lost so much. While Benton’s public murals garnered him much acclaim, it was his prints that captured the quiet, melancholy, and sometimes, tragic [...]

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