American Art starts before colonization with the many flourishing traditions of Native American art, followed by Spanish Colonial architecture and the accompanying styles in many different types of media.
Early colonial art on the East Coast initially relied on artists from Europe. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries,
American-born and foreign-born artists who migrated to and made America home were primarily painted portraits and landscapes in a style based mainly on European painting.
Furniture-makers imitating English styles and similar artisans were also established in the major cities, but in the English colonies, locally made pottery remained resolutely utilitarian until the 19th century, with the more refined products imported.
But in the later 18th century two U.S. artists, Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley became successful painters in London reflecting the many skilled American artists who stayed in America to make their name.
In the early 19th century American Art Institutions began to be established, and the American Revolution produced a demand for patriotic art, especially history painting, while other artists recorded the frontier country.
A parallel development taking shape in the rural U.S. was the American craft movement, which began as a reaction to the industrial revolution.
As more affluent Americans became very wealthy, the flow of European art to the US began. Art Museums started to be open, and Modern Art from Europe came to the U.S.
After World War II, New York became the center of the art world. Since then American Art have has shaped Modern and Postmodern art. Today, Art in the United States covers a vast range of styles.
American Art Tour
- “Skating in Central Park” by Agnes Tait
- “Buffalo Hunt on the Southwestern Prairies” by John Mix Stanley
- “Surrender of a Confederate Soldier” by Julian Scott
- “Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way” by Emanuel Leutze
- “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Leutze
- “Portrait of Madame X” by John Singer Sargent
- “Mother and Child” by Mary Cassatt
- “Fur Traders Descending the Missouri” by George Caleb Bingham
- “The Gulf Stream” by Winslow Homer
- “Tontine Coffee House, N.Y.C.” by Francis Guy
- Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, 1933
- Pewterers’ Banner 1788
- Benjamin Franklin Bust
- Trumpet Creeper Shade – Tiffany Lamp
- Dogwood Shade with Chased Pod Floor Base – Tiffany Lamp
- Wisteria Table Lamp – Tiffany Lamp
- Magnolia Shade – Tiffany Lamp
- Gourd Shade – Tiffany Lamp
- Nasturtium Shade with Mosaic Turtleback Tile Base – Tiffany Lamp
- “Portrait of Mrs Alexander Hamilton” by Ralph Earl
- “Olivia Peyton Murray Cutting” by Alexandre Cabanel
- “Unveiling The Statue of Liberty” by Edward Moran
- “Men of the Docks” by George Bellows
America’s Most Famous Art
Famous American Artists
- John Singleton Copley (1738 – 1815)
- Benjamin West (1738 – 1820)
- Gilbert Stuart (1755 – 1828)
- John Trumbull (1756 – 1843)
- George Caleb Bingham (1811 – 1879)
- Frederic Edwin Church (1826 – 1900)
- James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903)
- Winslow Homer (1836 – 1910)
- Mary Cassatt (1844 – 1926)
- Daniel Chester French (1850 – 1931)
- John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925)
- Childe Hassam (1859 – 1935)
- George Bellows (1882 – 1925)
- Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967)
- Grant Wood (1891 – 1942)
- Norman Rockwell (1894 – 1978)
History of Art in America
American Proverbs and Quotes
- Country: United States of America
- Political Capital: Washington, D.C.
- Largest City: New York City
- Population 234 million
American Art Masterpieces
“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
– George Washington
Photo Credit: 1)Emanuel Leutze [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons