Topics in American Art

with content focusing on representational art


Sources and updates

Material for each topic is obtained by Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) volunteers through:

1. analysis of information provided through Resource Library

2. search of the TFAO Author index plus Catalogues for relevant information

3. contact with libraries, museums, historical societies and other sources

4. Google searches for other resources

Individual pages in this catalogue are amended as TFAO adds content, corrects errors and reorganizes materials for improved readability.


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(above:  Elihu Vedder, The Sorrowing Soul Between Doubt and Faith, c. 1887, oil on canvas, 16 x 21 inches, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


Effect of Covid temporary museum closures

A beneficial effect of the 2020-21 closures was that scores of art museums greatly enhanced the quality and quantity of online presentations.


(above: Jose Aceves, Big City News, Borger, TX Post Office, 1939, oil on canvas. Treasury Department Section commission. Photograph courtesy Lynn Hopkins,


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