American Art through 1940

July 1, 2006 – Indefinitely
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John Singleton Copley, Mrs. George Watson, 1765

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and G Streets, NW
Washington, DC

2nd Floor, East, South, and North

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See artworks from the museum’s permanent collection that connect with major moments in America’s past, from early America and the Republic to the settlement of the western frontier, the Civil War, and the Gilded Age. Galleries are dedicated to landscapes, sculpture, portraits of American Indians by George Catlin, 19th-century folk art, Shaker furniture, impressionism, early modernism and realist art.

Highlights include:

  • John Singleton Copley, Mrs. George Watson, 1765
  • Constantino Brumidi, Study for the Apotheosis of Washington in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol Building, ca. 1859-1862
  • Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, Liberty, ca. 1884
  • Albert Bierstadt, Among the Sierra Nevada, California, 1868
  • Winslow Homer, A Visit from the Old Mistress, 1876
  • John La Farge, Peacocks and Peonies I and II, 1882
  • Everett Shinn, The White Ballet, 1904
  • Marsden Hartley, Yliaster (Paracelsus), 1932
  • E. Martin Hennings, Riders at Sunset, 1935-45
  • Thomas Hart Benton, Achelous and Hercules, 1947