Angels and Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th Century American Art

Tickets available May 1, 2013. In the aftermath of the Civil War, the American girl seemed transformed—at once more introspective and adventurous than the previous generation. Although the culture still prized the demure female child of the past, many saw a bolder type as the new, alternate ideal. Girlhood was no longer simple, and the complementary images of angel and tomboy emerged as competing visions of this new generation. For the first time, girls claimed the attention of genre artists, and girlhood itself seized the imagination of the nation. Angels and Tomboys: Girlhood in Nineteenth-Century American Art explores the myriad ways artists portrayed young girls: from the sentimental, innocent stereotype to the free-spirited individual.
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Friday, June 28, 2013 - Monday, September 30, 2013

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

600 Museum Way
Bentonville, AR 72712
Adults $5 per person; Free for Museum Members Admission is sponsored for youth ages 18 and younger
Crystal Bridges