American Art in the Age of Exploration

Now on display at the Seattle Art Museum, Beauty & Bounty is a new exhibit showing American artwork from the 19th and 20th centuries including pieces by Albert Bierstadt, John Frederick Kensett, and Sanford Robinson Gifford. Members of the Hudson River School movement, they glorified the natural landscapes of the country through a romanticist view and fed the imagination of the American public. Pictures from the likes of F. Jay Haynes and Darius Kinsey are also smartly included in the exhibit (the use of photography to capture landscape scenery was becoming mainstream around this same time period).

The exhibit will be open until mid September – stop by the SAM if you happen to be in the area to check it out, it is probably the best collection they’ll have for this year.

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Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast, 1870, Albert Bierstadt. Photo by Howard Giske.

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Mountain View, Sunset (detail), 1865, Albert Bierstadt.

Related posts: Photography of Darius Kinsey, American Logging Locomotives

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