Picturing Public Space in New York City circa 1900

Artists have been recording the act of ‘promenading’ for display in public spaces since its rise in popularity in the late eighteenth century. The great French flaneur Constantin Guys (1805-1892) made several works depicting a promenade, which in Paris was “at once the activity of taking a stroll or a horse or carriage tour, and… Continue reading Picturing Public Space in New York City circa 1900

Viewing New York in the Interwar Period

New York City of the late 1920s and 1930s – an era bracketed by World Wars – witnessed cultural change colored by societal contradictions. A unique combination of ethnic diversity, white-collar industries, and concentrated wealth made the city a playground for the intellectual elite. Accordingly, “writers, painters, and musicians were increasingly drawn to the city”… Continue reading Viewing New York in the Interwar Period

The Sentimental South in American Painting of the 1920s

The 1920s, celebrated as the ‘Roaring Twenties,’ continue live in the American imagination as an iconic and indulgent era that critics self-consciously commented on prior to its conclusion. Accordingly, “even before the end of the 1920s historians had begun to write the history of the decade and to offer characterizations that have lingered ever since,”… Continue reading The Sentimental South in American Painting of the 1920s

‘Seeing and Being Seen’ in 19th Century Traveler Art

When looking at paintings by traveler artists from the mid to late 19th century, the viewer must ask one crucial question: what would the impression of these exotic vistas have ultimately been? Since 19th century viewers were most likely to see foreign landscapes in the museum gallery at this point, as photography would not become… Continue reading ‘Seeing and Being Seen’ in 19th Century Traveler Art

Exhibition: A Joy Forever at Hawthorne Fine Art

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever. … So begins the first line of John Keats’s narrative poem, Endymion, a nineteenth-century retelling of the classic Greek myth, in which the protagonist explores the relationships between love, beauty and the human condition. A thing of beauty is a joy for ever. Its loveliness increases;… Continue reading Exhibition: A Joy Forever at Hawthorne Fine Art

Electrical in Movement: American Women Artists at Work

Hawthorne Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of its upcoming exhibition, Electrical in Movement: American Women Artists at Work. Featuring a diverse group of women artists who were active throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the exhibition seeks to examine the unexpected skill and dexterity which these women contributed to the… Continue reading Electrical in Movement: American Women Artists at Work

Lauren Sansaricq at ArtsWestchester

We are truly lucky to have Lauren Sansaricq in our midst. At only 25, she has embodied the techniques and skill-set seen in Hudson River School American painters, such as Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) and Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), who have long-since passed away. Sansaricq is the key to continuing the tradition that defines America’s traditional… Continue reading Lauren Sansaricq at ArtsWestchester