Monday, April 29, 2013
YOUNG AMERICA: Treasures From the Smithsonian American Art Museum by Amy Pastan and Watson Guptill.
I came across this magnificent book many years ago while taking art courses. A great source of inspiration, this book is chock full of portaits, still lifes, landscapes, and everyday scenes which are part of a traveling exhibition from the American Art Museum. It is the embodiment of the wisdom and ideals of our country as it evolved from a handful of single colonies into a united nation.
The sculptures and paintings, 54 in total, were created in the 18th and 19th centuries and are fine examples of life in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. The works include those by artists like John Singleton Copley, Charles Wilson Peale, Thomas Cole, and Horatio Greenough.
Not only is this an artistic view, it is also an historical testament to the humble beginnings of America. You will find this a most enjoyable collection of works.