June 26, 2021 – September 5, 2021
William Chapman (American, 1858-1947), Platte River, Colorado (detail), c. 1894, oil on canvas. Gift of Anthony Battelle, 1982.9
Joseph Wright of Derby (British, 1712-1779), Sarah Clayton, c. 1769, oil on canvas. Gift of Louise I. Doyle, 1953.1
Daniel Ridgway Knight (American, 1839-1924), Girl in Pumpkin Patch, 1880, oil on canvas. The Clapp Estate, 1973.9
Images carry within them a host of symbolic meanings. Through paintings from the permanent collection at FAM, this exhibition explores how class, social status, and character are embedded in our visual culture. Portraits contain symbolic objects that provide clues about the subject’s profession or personality, while activities of leisure and labor directly represent particular socioeconomic classes. Landscapes are more than a rendering of the natural environment; they reveal the status of individuals who are able to travel freely, or collective beliefs that reflect the growth, progress, or fears of a nation.
Wednesday – Friday 12pm – 4pmSaturday & Sunday 11am – 5pm1st Thursday of the month 12pm – 7pm
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