Poetry of the Prosaic
Early 20th Century American Painting

January 13-March 11, 2001
Entrance Foyer Gallery



Gallery Talk
by Suzanne Foley, Curator
Sunday, February 25, 2 pm
In the Museum


While modernism swept European artists' studios and views of the seamier side of urban life in New York City filled the canvases of a group of American artists, the majority of painters in the early twentieth century reveled in the familiar and everyday. Landscapes were fresh and inviting, usually influenced by the staccato and colorful brush strokes of Impressionism. In the paintings people engaged in pleasurable or diligent activity, oblivious of the coming economic or political storms. Included in this exhibition are paintings on loan to the Museum by artists Ernest Lawson, Jerome Myers, Guy Wiggins, William Glackens, John Sloan, Guy Pène du Bois and Charles Burchfield, as well as works from this period in the Museum collection. Each of these canvases shares a personal vision of the artist, creating a poetic statement from what could be called a prosaic theme.


Photo Credit: 
Guy Pène du Bois, American, 1884-1958
Beach, Deauville, 1926
Oil on panel, 22 x 18"
Anonymous loan.


Contact: Suzanne Foley, Curator
804/924-3592  Fax: 804/924-6321