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 Encouraging American Genius: Master Paintings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Encouraging American Genius: Master Paintings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Mint Museum RANDOLPH Oct 7 2006-Dec 31 2006   /  Featuring 74 works, the exhibition is organized into groupings to demonstrate the Corcoran Gallery's strengths in colonial and federal portraiture, nineteenth-century landscape and genre painting, and early twentieth-century realism.

Exhibition Highlights

About The Exhibition

Featuring 74 works, Encouraging American Genius is organized into roughly chronological thematic groupings to demonstrate the Corcoran Gallery's strengths in colonial and federal portraiture, nineteenth-century landscape and genre painting, and early twentieth-century realism. Among the notable artists included are Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Albert Bierstadt, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, George Bellows, John Sloan and Edward Hopper.

In addition to these three major groupings, the exhibition highlights a number of outstanding individual works by American masters. From famed early portraitists John Singleton Copley and Joshua Johnson, to American Barbizon painter George Inness and trompe-l'oeil master William Harnett, to modernist greats Maurice Prendergast, Thomas Hart Benton and Marsden Hartley, Encouraging American Genius presents a remarkable selection of American paintings from the Corcoran's collection.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art was founded in 1869 as Washington's first museum of art. It is a privately funded institution incorporating both a museum and college of art and design. As one of America's oldest art institutions, the institution is known internationally for its distinguished collection of historical and modern American art. The Corcoran also houses outstanding collections of contemporary art; photography and media arts; and European fine and decorative arts.”

Encouraging American Genius: Master Paintings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art is organized and circulated by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. The tour of this exhibition has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius. Related educational programming has been made possible by The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston.

The exhibition's presentation in Charlotte is funded by Bank of America and IBM.