Todays post comes from Delphine Douglas, class of 2018 and Art Center Multimedia Student Assistant.

On Friday, February 12th, Dr. Anna Marley ’96 came to Taylor Hall to give the opening lecture for the American Stories exhibition.  Mr. Mundy introduced his former student Dr. Marley, who graduated from Vassar and is the curator of historical American art at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art. In her lecture called Exhibiting America: Art Institutions and National Identity, 1805-1913, Dr. Marley pointed to the many similarities between the works on view at PAFA and those in the American Stories exhibition. These connections emphasized the relevance of the works in the exhibition as examples of important movements in American art. Her lecture also served as a good introduction to many of the individual paintings in the “People,” “Places,” and “Moments” galleries. Below are three of Dr. Marley’s comparisons, including one work from each gallery of the exhibition.

 

Moments: Both collections feature a work by George Inness that exemplify his interest in infusing his landscapes with spirituality, as well as a change in American painting away from the stylistic tradition of the Hudson River School.

George Inness, American 1825-1894 The Valley of the Shadow of Death, 1867 Oil on canvas Gift of Charles M. Pratt 1917.1.6

From American Stories:  George Inness, American 1825-1894
The Valley of the Shadow of Death, 1867
Oil on canvas
Gift of Charles M. Pratt 1917.1.6

 

George Inness, American 1825-1894, Woodland Scene, 1891 Oil on Canvas PAFA 1945.22.3

From PAFA: George Inness, American 1825-1894
Woodland Scene, 1891
Oil on Canvas
PAFA 1945.22.3

 

Places: Dr. Marley described the importance of the Hudson River School in American art history and told the audience how she acquired an Albert Bierstadt painting for the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art, which she compared to the Bierstadt in the American Stories exhibition.

From American Stories: Albert Bierstadt, American (1830-1902) Newport Rhode Island, c 1880 Oil on Canvas Anonymous gift 1977.65

From American Stories: Albert Bierstadt, American (1830-1902)
Newport, Rhode Island, ca. 1880
Oil on canvas
Anonymous gift
1977.65

 

From PAFA: Alber Bierstadt, Amrican (1830-1902) Niagra, 1869 Oil on paper laid down on canvas PAFA 2015.18

From PAFA: Albert Bierstadt, American (1830-1902)
Niagara, 1869
Oil on paper laid down on canvas
PAFA 2015.18

 

People: Both the American Stories exhibition and the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art feature the work of Rembrandt Peale, a very successful portrait artist, and the son of Charles Wilson Peale, who founded the PAFA.

Rembrandt Peale American, 1778-1860 Elizabeth Borden Collins and Daughter Phebe, 1831 Oil on canvas Gift of Mrs. Kent I. Groff (Fredrika Simpson, class of 1960) 1991.37

From American Stories: Rembrandt Peale
American, 1778-1860
Elizabeth Borden Collins and Daughter Phebe, 1831
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mrs. Kent I. Groff (Fredrika Simpson, class of 1960)
1991.37

 

Rembrandt Peale, American (1778-1860) Self Portrait, ca. 1845 Oil on paper, mounted on canvas PAFA 1869.1

From PAFA: Rembrandt Peale, American (1778-1860)
Self Portrait, ca. 1845
Oil on paper, mounted on canvas
PAFA 1869.1

 

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