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Learning to Paint: American Artists and European Art, 1876-1893
January 26, 2010 - July 11, 2011
Center Gallery
Focus Gallery
John Singer Sargent, American, 1856-1925, Portrait of Elizabeth Nelson Fairchild, 1887, oil on canvas, Museum Purchase, George Otis Hamlin Fund and Friends of the College Fund, 1985.40

In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, Europe became a training ground for American art students. Goaded by criticism of native art as technically inferior to foreign work, aspiring young men and women crossed the Atlantic to learn the "language" of painting. Some sought formal instruction in academies and studios, while others drew inspiration from studying the achievements of the masters. This exhibition will illuminate the promise and the pitfalls of viewing technical accomplishment as a prerequisite for individual and national expression.

Lecture by Erica Hirshler

Friday, February 26, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, VAC

Reception to follow at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

 

Gertrude Horsford Fiske, American, 1878-1961, Two Figures by a Pool, 1919, oil on canvas, Gift of Osborne R. and Mary M. Soverel, 1991.100
Frederick Andrew Bosley, American, 1881-1942, Girl Reading, 1920, oil on canvas, Gift of Mrs. Eastham Guild, Jr. , 1975.27

Thomas Eakins, American, 1844-1916, Portrait of A. Bryan Wall, 1904, oil on canvas, Museum Purchase, George Otis Hamlin Fund, 1962.16
Installation Shot of Center Gallery, "Learning to Paint: American Artists and European Art 1876 - 1893"