Young America: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Young America traces the transformation of the colonies into nationhood from about 1760 to the decade after the Civil War. Portraits by John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Charles Willson Peale, and Thomas Sully from the Revolutionary War era and later reveal values of people in New England and the mid-Atlantic. By the 1820s, landscapes by Thomas Cole, Thomas Birch, and Alvan Fisher tell of growing national ambitions, while still lifes and genre paintings address a range of subjects.

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Amy Pastan is a freelance writer and editor of fine art and photography books. She has developed and produced award-winning titles for the Smithsonian Institution, as well as for other major museums throughout the United States. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two sons.

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These picture books accompany four of the eight exhibitions traveling through 2002 while the National Museum of American Art undergoes renovation. They cover periods or themes in American art and historyDthe West from the Louisiana Purchase to the Taos School, young America from 1760 to the Civil War, the Gilded Age from the Civil War into the 1920s, and American Impressionism from 1880 to 1930. Organized alphabetically by artist, each book presents single-page color plates facing brief entries of 100-150 words written by the museum's staff. With the minimal text and the arrangement by artist, the books lack sustained arguments. Nevertheless, they give a broad overview of their particular periods, including many famous and less-well-known works, and will make quite affordable additions to public libraries. (Illustrations seen only in galleys.)DJack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago
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