North American Art

Artist Stories

John Singer Sargent’s Magnificent Watercolors

European-American painter John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) is remembered for his impressive, large-scale portraits of British, French, and American...

Alexandra Kiely 17 May 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Tables for Ladies by Edward Hopper

Indeed, when we look at this painting, everything is very Hopper-ish – the circulating sensation of sadness and loneliness, the weariness of...

Zuzanna Stańska, 14 May 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Whistler’s Mother by James McNeill Whistler

Whistler’s 1871 painting Arrangement in Grey and Black No 1 might not sound familiar. As Whistler’s Mother, on the other hand, it has entered...

Catriona Miller 12 May 2024

Quiz

Do You Know These Famous Artworks? Test Your Western Art History Knowledge with Our QUIZ!

Ruxi Rusu 11 May 2024

Women Artists

Luchita Hurtado: Art and Life Over a Century

Luchita Hurtado (1920–2020) was an artist, photographer, poet, environmentalist, activist, feminist, fashion designer, and so much more over the...

Jennifer S. Musawwir 6 May 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Pilgrims Going to Church by George Henry Boughton

Today’s Masterpiece Story is about Pilgrims Going to Church by George Henry Boughton (1833-1905). Even though Boughton grew up in America, he was...

Alexandra Kiely 5 May 2024

Frederic Edwin Church aurora borealis: Frederic Edwin Church, Aurora Borealis, 1865, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, USA. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Aurora Borealis by Frederic Edwin Church

Aurora Borealis is an American national treasure. It explores the relationship between the land, its viewer, and its destiny. It is a masterpiece of...

James W Singer 5 May 2024

Henry Ossawa Tanner, Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City, 1885, White House, Washington DC, USA. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City by Henry Ossawa Tanner

Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City is a masterpiece of Black art and history. It was painted by Henry Ossawa Tanner during a time of incredible...

James W Singer 5 May 2024

Abstract painting. Abstract Expressionism

The Abstract Expressionism of Judith Godwin

Abstract Expressionist painter Judith Godwin (1930-2021) challenged the norms of a male-dominated art movement. She started under the tutelage of...

Nikolina Konjevod 2 May 2024

History

The Great Depression: An Unprecedented Time in Art History

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, the Great Depression wreaked havoc on the world, especially in the United States. In 1933,  Franklin D. Roosevelt...

Sam Malone 1 May 2024

Anna Claypoole Peale Women Artists

Female Artists of the Peale Family, America’s First Art Dynasty

The Peale family was America’s first artistic dynasty. Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827) was a prominent American artist and early museum...

Alexandra Kiely 29 April 2024

Literature

American Artist Who Loved Everything British: Edwin Austin Abbey’s Shakespeare Paintings

A painter and illustrator Edwin Austin Abbey was born in the US, but he loved all things British, particularly the works of William Shakespeare. He...

Alexandra Kiely 23 April 2024