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Painting a nation

written by Chris McAuliffe, Angela Miller

Art Gallery of NSW | ISBN 9781741741018

Paperback – 264 pages


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Spectacular landscapes, epic stories and diverse peoples feature in this expansive historical survey of
American painting.

The 89 artworks by some 74 artists traverse over 200 years of rich history, from the colonial era to the mid 20th century.

Readers will encounter the sublime poetry and drama of the land, the ambition and optimism of the country’s pioneers, the challenges of the frontier, the intimacy of family life and the intensity of the modern city. The roots of the American character and nation will be revealed through images ranging from the Grand Canyon to the Brooklyn Bridge, from classic portraits to modern abstraction.

America: painting a nation includes works by artists such as Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer,
Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, John Singer Sargent and
James McNeill Whistler from the collections of some of the finest art museums in the USA
(The Terra Foundation, Chicago; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston;
the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts).

Essays by Angela Miller (USA) and Chris McAuliffe (Australia), combined with entries on each of the
artworks and biographies on each artist, illuminate this fascinating survey of American painting from
1750 to 1967.

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