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DIGITAL IMAGE SET: Early American Masters - Portraiture

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As the American colonies began to experience prosperity in the eighteenth century, people were able to afford luxuries such as paintings. The most common form of painting during this time was portraiture. Learn how American portrait artists went from being self-taught to masters of a distinctively American art form.

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  • Early American Portraiture Background
  • Artist Background
  • Art Criticism Questions
    • Describe and Analyze
    • Interpret
    • Evaluate
  • Review Questions
Teacher Background
  • Historical information about each artist and artwork
  • Cultural context to support art history and art appreciation programs
  • Connections to other influential artists and styles
  • Bibliography and Web Resources
Classroom Activities and Handouts
  • Art Criticism Questions
  • Vocabulary Worksheets
  • Artist Summaries
  • Artist Biographies

Sample Text
By 1750, the American style began to change with the first influx of European artists, mainly from England. These academically trained artists were aware of the more current stylistic trends and techniques in painting. They also brought with them a group of stock poses and attitudes in portraiture. This, in addition to the more sophisticated taste of American patrons explains why the late Baroque style was so enthusiastically embraced by colonial patrons. Eventually, the European courtly tradition combined with the American fondness for realism to create a distinct American style.

Thomas Smith (died about 1691)
Gerardus Duyckinck (1695-1746)
John Smibert (1688-1751, born Scotland)
The Gansevoort Limner (possibly Pieter Vanderlyn c1687-1778)
Joseph Badger (1708-1765)
Gustavus Hesselius (1682-c1755, born Sweden)
Joseph Blackburn (English, active in America 1753-1763)
Jeremiah Theüs (1716-1774, born Switzerland)
Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827)
John Singleton Copley (1738-1815)
Winthrop Chandler (1747-1790)
Joshua Johnson (active 1796/1824)

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