American 19-20th Century Landscape Painting



This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American 19-20h Century Landscape Painting." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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(above:  William Merritt Chase, Shinnecock, Long Island, c. 1896, oil on panel, 14.2 ? 16.1 inches,  Princeton University Art Museum. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


79 Resource Library articles and essays honoring the American experience through its art:

2011-2016 33

2001-2005 18

1998-2000 28


From other websites:

A Genius for Place : American Landscapes of the Country Place Era, an exhibit held February 18, 2012 - August 5, 2012 at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Accessed April, 2015.

A Hawaiian Master Revisited: Bartlett in Europe, an exhibit held September 17, 2009 - January 17, 2010 at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Accessed January, 2015.

A Hawaiian Master Revisited: Charles Bartlett at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, an exhibit held August 06, 2009 - October 04, 2009 at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Accessed January, 2015.

An American Journey: The Art of John Sloan is a 2017 exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum which says: "The first major retrospective exhibition of John Sloan's work since 1988, An American Journey explores all facets of the artist's long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his famous depictions of New York City, his lively views of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and his fascinating studies of Santa Fe, New Mexico." Accessed 12/17

American Landscapes: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum, an exhibit held September 27, 2009 to November 29, 2009 at the Parrish Art Museum, Accessed April, 2015.

American Masterpieces From The Batten Collection, an exhibit held January 26 - July 31, 2011 at the Chrysler Museum of Art. Accessed August, 2015.


At Work in the Wilderness: Picturing the American Landscape, 1820-1920, an exhibit held 14 January 2011 - 20 March 2011 at the Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Accessed August, 2015.

Becoming the Butterfly, Landscapes of James McNeill Whistler, an exhibit held January 25 - April 28, 2013 at the University of Virginia Art Museum. Includes exhibit extended object labels. Accessed May, 2015.

Brushed with Light: American Landscape Watercolors from the Collection, an exhibit held September 14, 2007 - January 17, 2008 at the Brooklyn Museum. From the Brooklyn Museum website which includes a video for which the museum says "Curator Terry Carbone and Paper Conservator Rachel Danzing discuss the process of conserving the works featured in the exhibition Brushed with Light: American Landscape Watercolors from the Collection. This tour took place at the Museum on November 18, 2007." Accessed August, 2015.

Capturing the Light: Landscapes of Maurice Braun, an exhibit held September 13, 2013 - February 16, 2014 at the San Diego Historical Society Museum. Includes essay. Accessed April, 2015.


A Changing Landscape: From the City to the Countryside, (Ron Donoughe and Kevin Kutz) (May 2009), from Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, via its online catalogs page. Accessed August, 2015.

Charles E. Heaney: Memory, Imagination, and Place, an exhibit held January 22 - March 19, 2005 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. Includes News Release and Educator Resources. Accessed January, 2015.

Charles Reiffel: An American Post-Impressionist, an exhibit held November 10, 2012 to March 31, 2013 at the San Diego Historical Society Museum. Includes press coverage. Accessed April, 2015

The Color of the Moon: Lunar Painting in American Art is a 2019 exhibit at the Hudson River Museum which says: "The exhibition features more than 60 works of art, highlighting key painters who depicted the moon, from the early nineteenth-century masterpieces of Thomas Cole, the father of the Hudson River School, who embraced a kind of longing Romanticism that the astronomical body symbolized, to late works by famed illustrator Norman Rockwell, represented by his depictions of a long-held romantic yearning finally fulfilled -- America's triumphant lunar landing in 1969." Also see press release   Accessed 4/19

Constance Fowler: Tradition and Transition, an exhibit held May 11 - July 21, 2013 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. Includes video introduction. Accessed January, 2015.


Consuming Views: Art and Tourism in the White Mountains, 1850-1900 an exhibit held September 16, 2006 - October 8, 2007 at Museum of New Hampshire Historical Society, from New Hampshire Historical Society. Accessed August, 2015.

Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art, 1915-1950 is a 2017 exhibit at the High Museum of Art which says: "Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art, 1915-1950 gathers works by artists who took inspiration from their surroundings, especially outside the city. Nearly 200 objects show the development of a distinctly American point of view in the beginning of the twentieth century." Also see press release. Accessed 3/17

Desert Landscape - sample of artists and works from askArt. Accessed August, 2015.

Edward Hopper in Vermont, an exhibit held May 23-August 11, 2013 at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Accessed February, 2015.

Emil Carlsen's Quiet Harmonies is a 2018 exhibit at the Huntington Museum of Art which says: "While Carlsen has received much acclaim for his still-life paintings, he was also an accomplished landscape painter who was lauded by critics and collectors during his lifetime." Accessed 9/18


Emilio Sanchez: Cityscapes, an exhibit held May 30 - August 12, 2012 at the University of Virginia Art Museum. Includes exhibit extended object labels. Accessed May, 2015.

Everlasting Calm: The Art of Elliot Daingerfield was an exhibition hosted by the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from December 16, 2016 through March 19, 2017. The museum describes the exhibition as follows: "Influenced by the French Barbizon School, Tonalists, and Symbolists, the work of Elliott Daingerfield seeks to evoke the divine manifest in nature. Daingerfield's work stands out among his National Academy of Design colleagues for its often distinctly southern mood. Everlasting Calm includes Daingerfield's oil paintings of Southern scenes and monumental Western landscapes as well as studies for these works.

Born in Harpers Ferry, Virginia in 1859, Daingerfield moved to New York to formally train in 1880. From 1886 to 1932, he maintained a studio in Blowing Rock, North Carolina and in New York, where he shared space with fellow Academy member George Inness. From his studios in New York and North Carolina, Daingerfield contributed to the growing internationalism of American Art as an artist, teacher, and writer." Accessed 9/23

A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era, an exhibit organized by the Library of American Landscape History, Amherst, Massachusetts, from Smith College Museum of Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield, an exhibit held June 24-October 17, 2010 at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Includes press coverage. Accessed April, 2015.

In Nature's Temple: The Life and Art of William Wendt, an exhibit held November 9, 2008 - February 8, 2009 at the Laguna Art Museum. Accessed February, 2015.


Landscape and figure painters of America (1917) - Ebook from Accessed August, 2015.

The Landscape Sketches of Grace Carpenter Hudson, an exhibit held July 2, 2011 - September 25, 2011 at the Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House. Accessed August, 2015.

LeConte Stewart: Depression Era Art, an exhibit held July 21, 2011-January 15, 2012 at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at University of Utah. Accessed May, 2015.

Mark Borghi Fine Art Inc - The American Landscape from 1830-1980. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting, 1820-1950, an exhibit held October 20, 2013 - January 12, 2014 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Includes online video interviews with USC Assistant Professor of Art History Ross Barret and Karen E. Quinn of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Accessed August, 2015.


Maynard Dixon's West: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Hays, an exhibit held February 28, 2010 - June 10, 2010 at the Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House. Accessed August, 2015.

Miss Hills of Laguna Beach - Anna Althea Hills: Art, Education, Community is a 2016-17 exhibit at the Laguna Art Museum, which says: "The landscape painter Anna Althea Hills (1882-1930) was one of the highly talented artists whose presence in the community helped put Laguna Beach on the map as a premier art colony during the first decades of the twentieth century....A founding member of the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, Hills was one of its most dynamic and progressive members, showing remarkable leadership skills. Between 1922 and 1930, she served as the LBAA's president for a total of six years (1922-25 and 1927-30)." Accessed 11/16

Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment is a 2018 exhibit at the Princeton University Art Museum which says: "Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment presents more than 120 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, videos, and works of decorative art, from the colonial period to the present, exploring for the first time how American artists of different traditions and backgrounds have both reflected and shaped environmental understanding while contributing to the development of a modern ecological consciousness."   Accessed 2/19

Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960 is a 2015 exhibit at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art which says: "The works featured in Night Vision will reflect the broad range of subject matters that attracted artists to night scenes -- including the reflections of moonlight on ocean waves, encounters in electrified urban streets, and firework celebrations." Accessed 10/18 

North America Divided is a 2022 exhibit at the New Britain Museum of American Art which says: "Pairing 19th-century landscapes and genre scenes with works by contemporary artists Neil Jenney and Valerie Hegarty, North America Divided explores themes of social and territorial division and transformation in America throughout the 1800s to today."  Also see the website of Valerie Hegarty. Accessed 9/22


Paintings by Frank V. Dudley from the James Moeller Collection is a 2016 exhibit at the Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University. Gregg Hertzlieb, Director/Curator of the the Brauer Museum of Art says in the exhibit brochure: "Eleven paintings from various periods of the career of Frank V. Dudley (1868-1957) appear in this exhibition that highlights the fine works acquired over the years by Midwest collector James Moeller. Through key early works to later light-filled landscape scenes, Dudley is well represented by beautiful and significant paintings that expand on the legacy and understanding of this legendary Dunes artist." Link is to exhibit brochure with essay by Barbara Stodola. Accessed 12/16

Schofield: International Impressionist, an exhibit held September 18, 2014 - January 25, 2015 at the Woodmere Art Museum. includes micro-site for exhibit. Accessed May, 2015

The Unknown Blakelock was a 2008 exhibit at the Sheldon Museum of Art which says: "The Unknown Blakelock expands our view of the artist's achievement and confirms his modernist vision by identifying specific examples that enlarge our sense of the breadth and variety of his life's work. While the exhibition includes his signature moonlight scenes and Indian encampments, its focus is on lesser-known subjects that may have motivated Blakelock to venture beyond traditional norms and experiment with original methods of painting." Viewers may download the exhibition brochure. Accessed 1/17 Also see in RL The Unknown Blakelock; essay by Sharon L. Kennedy (2/12/08) and The Unknown Blakelock (2/8/08)

The Valley of the Shadow, American Landscapes in the Time of the Civil War, an exhibit held August 31 - December 16, 2012 at the University of Virginia Art Museum. Includes exhibit extended object labels. Accessed May, 2015.

White Mountain Art from Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.


White Mountain Art and Artists, a website

Women Reframe American Landscape is a 2023 exhibit at the New Britain Museum of American Art which says: "Illuminating the artistic contributions and perspectives of women, this two-part exhibition includes the first retrospective of the nineteenth-century American artist Susie M. Barstow (1836-1923) and a presentation of contemporary works by artists Teresita Fernández, Guerrilla Girls, Marie Lorenz, Tanya Marcuse, Mary Mattingly, Ebony G. Patterson, Anna Plesset, Wendy Red Star, Jean Shin, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Cecilia Vicuña, Kay WalkingStick, and Saya Woolfalk. Engaging multigenerational perspectives, this exhibition recenters women in the canon of American art and expands how we think about land and landscape."  Accessed 2/24

"Nature's History: American Landscape Art and Environmental Thinking" video of Angela Miller's lecture [1:24:58] at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, 10/23/13. Accessed August, 2015.


(above: Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon with Rainbow. 1912. Oil on canvas. de Young Art Museum. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Gill through the Patrons of Art and Music. 1981.89. License: Scuttlebutte, CC BY-SA 4.0 Scuttlebutte, CC BY-SA 4.0. via Wikimedia Commons*)

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