TWO CENTURIES OF AMERICAN LANDSCAPE PAINTING (OCTOBER 6, 2023 – JANUARY 15, 2024)
This rich exhibition features the bounty and beauty of the American landscape from the early nineteenth century through the twentieth century. Drawn from the permanent collection of the Reading Public Museum, the selections explore the Hudson River School and the emergence of the first uniquely American artistic movement; Impressionism and Tonalism at the turn of the century; and Modern trends in interpreting the landscape. Majestic and inspirational depictions of bucolic American vistas—intimate forest interiors, sweeping panoramic views of natural wonders, and dramatic images of the untamed land and sea—join dramatic scenes of Europe, the Near East, and South America by artists from the United States.
In Nature’s Studio: Two Centuries of American Landscape Paintings is organized by Reading Public Museum.
Mennello Museum of American Art and its exhibitions are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
(TOP) Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826 – 1900), Syria: Ruins by the Sea, 1873 – 1874, oil on canvas, 10 1/2 x 16 inches, Museum Purchase, 1922.157.1. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.
(BOTTOM) George Wesley Bellows, The Launching, 1913, oil on panel, Museum Purchase through the Levi Mengel Memorial Fund, 1951.63.1, Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.