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From the American collection.

Martin Johnson Heade After the Rain in the Salt Marshes

Salt marshes, like those pictured here, are a uniquely North American phenomenon.

From the American collection.

Newell Convers Wyeth Illustration for Drums

Wyeth’s illustration appeared as the endpapers for Drums, James Boyd’s popular 1928 novel set in North Carolina during the Revolutionary War. A copy of Drums may be found in the Museum’s Spencer Art Reference Library.

From the American collection.

Albert Bloch Die drei Pierrots Nr. 2

Die drei Pierrots Nr. 2 was inspired by the commedia dell’arte, a popular form of entertainment that originated in Renaissance Italy and involved pantomime, acrobatics, and improvisation.

From the American collection.

Elie Nadelman Standing Girl

In a nod to age-old practices of master sculptors, Nadelman hired craftsmen to rough out the general form before lifting his own chisel and rasp.

From the American collection.

Childe Hassam The Sonata

Hassam considered The Sonata one of his most important paintings and anonymously repurchased it from the noted collector Duncan Phillips, founder of the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., with whom he had had a falling out.

From the American collection.

George Inness Old Farm - Montclair

Inness’s late work, such as Old Farm—Montclair, was described by a fellow painter as “waves of wonderful color, marvelous and mysterious—the very essence of the beauty of nature.”

From the American collection.

Frederic Remington Teaching a Mustang Pony to Pack Dead Game

In this painting, Remington depicts the notoriously difficult task of convincing horses to carry dead game following a successful hunt.

From the American collection.

Thomas Sully Mrs. James Gore King

When Sully painted this idealized portrait of Mrs. James Gore King, she was forty years old and the mother of eight.

From the American collection.

Calvin Balis George and Emma Eastman

This double portrait was once sold by a descendant of the sitters to a man who bought it as a prop for a play.

From the American collection.

Maurice Prendergast Castle Island

Prior to 1890, Castle Island served as a military site complete with forts and prisons.

From the American collection.

John Frederick Kensett A Woodland Waterfall

Despite critics’ claims that Kensett’s paintings were “remarkably true to nature,” here he actually exaggerated and rearranged Fawn’s Leap, a well-known tourist site in the Catskill Mountains.

From the American collection.

William Keith Sunset Glow

This panoramic sunset view of rugged mountains, red woods, and a river valley is a collection of several icons of the California landscape.

From the American collection.

George Caleb Bingham Roma Johnson Wornall

This portrait of one of Kansas City’s most beloved citizens is based on an 1866 photograph taken on her honeymoon.

From the American collection.

Thomas Eakins Monsignor James P. Turner

In order to mathematically calculate the depiction of space between the spectator and Monsignor Turner, Eakins created a precise, gridded mock-up of the composition.

From the American collection.

Frederic Edwin Church Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

This painting’s frame, designed by the artist, incorporates a Middle Eastern motif that appropriately relates the frame to its subject.

From the American collection.

Sven Birger Sandzen The Great Peak (Long's Peak)

The Great Peak (Long’s Peak) features the mountain named after Major Stephen H. Long of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who led the first government-sponsored expedition through northern Colorado in 1820.

From the American collection.

Thomas Cole The Mill, Sunset

The two children pictured in the foreground of this bucolic landscape are Cole’s own—his son Theddy and daughter Mary.

From the American collection.

George Caleb Bingham Dr. Benoist Troost

This posthumous portrait of the first resident physician of Kansas City was likely painted using a photograph for reference and is regarded as Bingham’s finest male portrait.

From the American collection.

Ralph Earl General Gabriel Christie

General Christie’s wig and three-cornered hat were rather out of fashion when this portrait was painted.

From the American collection.

John Douglas Patrick Brutality

In 1908, J. Logan Jones, the Kansas City dry-goods merchant and co-founder of the original Jones Store, brought this painting from Paris to hang in his downtown store.

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