Broad Strokes: American Painting from the Late 19th and 20th Centuries in the FAM Collection

February 9, 2019 — September 1, 2019

Broad Strokes explores a dynamic period in American painting in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The exhibition reveals significant stylistic shifts and artistic developments that were catalyzed by the drastic social changes of post-Civil War America, including major historic events like World War I and the Great Depression. The variety of approaches American artists engaged during this time is evident in works by renowned artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and lesser-known artists like local Fitchburg painter Constance Bigelow.

William B.P. Closson (1848–1926), Preparing for the Pageant, 1915, oil on board, Made possible by the Carl Pickhardt Estate, 2016.77

Edwin Ambrose Webster (1869–1935), Cactus, St. Paul, France, 1925, oil on canvas, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Sleeper, 1997.3

Joseph Foxcroft Cole (1837–1892), Canal Katwijk, 1890, oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Smolin in honor of his parents, Ada and Jacob Smolin, 2001.45


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