posted on 29/06/21
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John Singleton Copley and Charles Willson Peale were the two leading painters of colonial times. The first dreamed of becoming an English painter in the grand tradition, the second fought to establish the arts firmly in America. Both set new precedents in portraiture and captured the distinctively American character of their sitters on canvas.
American society after the Civil War was increasingly complex and disparate. Painters Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins were probably the keenest observers of the sobered country. Artists, such as Winslow Homer painted woodsman, farmers, fishermen, and children who represented a longing for a simpler past. Eakins’ subjects were middle-class Philadelphians who excelled in science, sports, and the arts. These two visions of the country remain ingrained to this day.
Contrasting visions of urban and rural life continued to be explored during the period of the Great Depression with its economic crisis and social upheaval. Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton are the most well-known proponents of Regionalist Art. Edward Hopper and Reginald Marsh represented the city; Hopper leaving us iconic images the isolated individual, and Marsh, of the teeming masses.
Afro-Americans are becoming increasingly prominent on the national and international art scene. Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, and Kara Walker are three major artists who have addressed, frequently with biting humour, the often untold history of black life in the United Sates, racial stereotypes and the absence of black people in the history of art.