American Art Enters the Louvre: The Origins of American Genre Painting – Paris

American Art Enters the Louvre: The Origins of American Genre Painting – ParisAmerican Art Enters the Louvre: The Origins of American Genre Painting – Paris

January 19, 2013 through April 22, 2013 - In partnership with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago, the Louvre presents a selection of works that explore the development of genre painting in the United States during the latter half of the 19th century. Three major genre paintings, each of which offers a unique perspective on 19th-century America, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait’s “The Life of a Hunter: A Tight Fix” from 1856 on loan from Crystal Bridges, Eastman Johnson’s “Negro Life at the South” from 1870 on loan from the High and George Caleb Bingham’s “The Jolly Flatboatmen” from 1878 on loan from the Terra are joined by two additional works from the Louvre’s own collection, Jan Steen’s “Festive Family Meal” from 1674 and William Mulready’s “Train Up a Child” from 1853, representing the 17th century Dutch and 19thcentury English schools that greatly influenced genre painters in the United States.

American genre painting flourished during the 19th century, when the United States, still a young nation needed images and narratives to define and bolster its developing identity. While interest in art was not yet widespread and European academic art struggled to find an audience, this exhibit calls attention to three defining American artists who found popular success and inspired a cultural awakening by painting scenes focused on the lives of everyday American adventurers like boatmen and fur trappers capturing the country’s pioneer spirit while celebrating its economic and territorial expansion.

“The Life of a Hunter: A Tight Fix” (1856) – Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait

“Negro Life at the South” (1870) – Eastman Johnson

Official Exhibition Site
 
 
Louvre Museum
(Musée du Louvre)
Rue du Louvre at Rue de Rivoli
75058 Paris, France
(1) 40-20-53-17
 

January 19, 2013 through April 22, 2013

Visiting Hours:

Open Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Open Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Closed on Tuesday.
Closed for holidays on January 1, May 1 and December 25.
 

Admission:

€11 for a ticket to the permanent collection which includes entry to this special exhibition.
Free admission for all visitors under 18 years of age.
Free admission for everyone on the first Sunday of each month and on July 14.
 
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