october, 2021

202129oct(oct 29)12:00 am202230(oct 30)11:59 pmLightner Museum | 10/29/21 - 10/30/22 | Picturing a Nation: American Art from the Lightner Museum | GROUP | St. Augustine

Time

29 (Friday) 12:00 am - 30 (Sunday) 11:59 pm

Location

Lightner Museum

75 King St St. Augustine FL 32084

Organizer

Lightner Museum(904) 824-2874 75 King St St. Augustine FL 32084

Event Details

Art Exhibition | 10/29/21 – 10/30/22
Picturing a Nation: American Art from the Lightner Museum | GROUP
St. Augustine

Lightner Museum
75 King St St. Augustine FL 32084
(904) 824-2874

Picturing a Nation is a major reinstallation of American paintings and sculpture from the Lightner Museum’s permanent collection.

In the decades following the Civil War the United States witnessed a period of rapid modernization. The dramatic shift from an agrarian to industrial economy irrevocably transformed the country. As a new nation emerged artists critics and patrons all sought to define an American art that captured the spirit of the young nation.

While American cultural political and commercial life underwent tremendous changes opportunities for the creation exhibition and sale of works of art expanded spurred in part by increased patronage from new sources of wealth. The entrepreneurs of the post-Civil War era amassed great fortunes through financing railroads oil mining iron and steel and other capitalist ventures. These titans of American business industry and commerce expressed their new-found status by building stately mansions which they filled with beautiful objects and substantial art collections.

To satisfy their Gilded Age patrons American artists embraced the broader artistic traditions of Europe exploring subject matter and styles entirely new to American art. During this time still life genre the human figure natural history and particularly the Romantic landscape became popular subjects for American artists. European styles—Neoclassicism Romanticism Realism and Impressionism— were all adopted by artists who filtered them through a uniquely American lens.

From America’s great vistas and natural wonders to intimate scenes of St. Augustine Picturing a Nation presents a vibrant vision of the country on a local and national scale through late-nineteenth and early twentieth century American art.

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