American Experience: Genre Scenes on Paper from Crystal Bridges’ Permanent Collection
This exhibition will be on view concurrently with the international traveling exhibition American Encounters: Genre Painting and Everyday Life. American Experience will feature a selection of watercolors and drawings that highlight the richness and variety of the American experience in the 19th century. The exhibition addresses themes of work and leisure in the city and country, and features a diverse group of artists, including several represented by paintings in the collection: Winslow Homer, Thomas Waterman Wood, and John Lewis Krimmel. These images demonstrate how American artists sought a visual language for the depiction of daily life while the nation discovered and defined itself from 1825 to 1900. Some are studies for works in different media, inviting guests into the creative process, while others are fully conceived by artists who found watercolor and drawing to be an integral aspect of their production. Because they are created on paper, these artworks can be displayed only for short periods of time, presenting a rare opportunity for guests to see another side of Crystal Bridges’ growing collection. There is no fee to view this exhibition.