Just a few days ago, the NBMAA purcahsed a full-scale, life-sized portrait of Emeline Arnold Souther (Mrs. Edmund Charles Tarbell.) Edmund Charles Tarbell painted this masterpiece early on in their relationship, in fact it was painted in the year they were married (1888) right before he became a teacher for several decades at the Boston Museum School. Mrs. T’s elegance and poise are a pristine example of Tarbell’s early career, transitioning from magazine illustrations to portraits. This painting was featured in the notable Exposition Universelle “World’s Fair” of 1889 in Paris. (more…)
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Posted in Collection Highlights, Impressionism, New Acquisition, Press Releases, tagged Edmund Charles Tarbell, Eiffel Tower, Exposition Universelle 1889, Frank Benson, Impressionism, New Britain Museum of American Art, Paris, Storming of the Bastille, World's Fair 1889 on April 1, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Appropriation & Inspiration, Collection Highlights, New Acquisition, Press Releases, tagged Charles Willson Peale, Collection Highlights, Dr. Timothy McLaughlin, George Washington, Gilbert Stuart, New Britain Museum of American Art, Permanent Collection, Portraiture, Rembrandt Peale, Thomas Jefferson on March 1, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Rembrandt Peale is known for his portraits of George Washington, one of which the New Britain Museum of American Art is delighted to have as a new acquisition this Presidents month. Rembrandt Peale is supposedly the last artist for whom Washington sat shortly preceding his death. Born in 1778 in Pennsylvania to the famous painter Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), Rembrandt began drawing at age eight. His father tutored him in art and the natural sciences, and he produced his first self-portrait at age thirteen. Peale’s most talented area and source of financial mainstay was painting portraits that were solid, accurate, and straightforward. By 1795, he painted a portrait of George Washington that honestly spoke to the hero’s humanity. Peale greatly admired and was inspired by the work of Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828), who is known for his Vaughan and Athenaeum portraits of the first President. (more…)
On Dec. 18 the New Britain Museum of American Art will open WomenArtists@NewBritainMuseum, a comprehensive exhibition of women artists represented in the permanent collection. This is a first in the Museum’s history and a landmark show that sets it among a group of major international museums—the Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles—that have presented large-scale exhibitions of art by women in the past four years. The Museum of Modern Art just published a 500-page catalogue of women’s work in their collection and the Jewish Museum of New York recently opened an exhibition of feminism and painting drawn primarily from their collection and featuring seven works that they have recently acquired. This sudden flurry of action signals a coming of age for women artists from the perspective of museums. After forty years of political pressure, women’s art has achieved major institutional recognition. (more…)
Posted in Current Exhibitions, Exhibitions, New/Now, Press Releases, tagged Contemporary Art, Current Exhibitions, Exhibitions, Kwabena Slaughter, New/Now, Photography on February 10, 2010 | 1 Comment »
The photography-based work of NEW/NOW artist Kwabena Slaughter is currently featured in the New Britain Museum of American Art’s Cheney Gallery from Jan. 29 to April 25, 2010.
Popular photographic images bear a strong visual similarity with western painting; Slaughter deconstructs this notion of photography, as well as the structure of the camera, by utilizing an entire roll of film to create one distorted and continuous photograph. He considers cameras and photographs cultural artifacts that reveal a great deal about the society. His work asks: “what would photography look like if it had grown out of a different aesthetic tradition?”
Inspired Innovations: A Celebration of Shaker Ingenuity is currently on view in the McKernan Gallery showcasing beautifully hand-crafted furniture, inventions and artifacts from the Shaker community.
Curated by West Hartford, Connecticut Shaker scholar and collector M. Stephen Miller, Inspired Innovations seeks to raise awareness about the Shakers, who have successfully faced more than 220 years of challenges. Emphasis will be placed on the community that existed in Enfield, Connecticut from 1790 to 1917. (more…)
Posted in Current Exhibitions, Exhibitions, Installation Art, Press Releases, tagged Current Exhibitions, Exhibitions, Installation, LeWitt Staircase, Lisa Hoke, Press Release on February 5, 2010 | 1 Comment »
The exhibition includes approximately 20 paintings and drawings on loan from museums from across the country as well as the NBMAA’s own Haberle paintings. In addition to the works of art, the NBMAA has borrowed a myraid of Haberle’s personal effects and letters (many reproduced in the paintings themselves) from the Haberle Family. John Haberle: American Master of Illusion will travel to the Brandywine River Museum, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, from April 17, 2010 through July 11, 2010 and the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine from Sept. 18, 2010 through Dec. 12, 2010.
The William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, has placed on long term loan to the New Britain Museum of American Art 30 masterpieces by American artists from the early 19th century to the present. These paintings, which are seldom seen at Storrs because of lack of gallery space, include such significant artists as Benjamin West, Rembrandt Peale, Dwight Tryon, Robert Henri, George Bellows, Walt Kuhn, Max Weber and Jimmy Ernst. Also included is a major triptych by the leading woman illustrator of the 20th century Violet Oakley.
The paintings are located in 10 galleries throughout the NBMAA and are identified by a “Best of the Benton” icon on their object labels. The Oakley for example is located in the Museum’s Low Illustration Gallery. An explanatory guide will be available to visitors at the front desk as well.
Over the next year, programs will be developed incorporating this significant loan in the public activities of the Museum. A reception will be held in honor of President Michael J. Hogan, Dean David G. Woods, School of Fine Arts and the director of the Benton Museum, Dr. Thomas Bruhn, date to be determined. (more…)
Posted in Current Exhibitions, Exhibitions, Hudson River School, Press Releases, tagged Asher Brown Durand, Current Exhibitions, Exhibitions, Frederic Church, Hudson River School, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Press Release on February 1, 2010 | 1 Comment »
Large-scale and dynamic describe the selections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s American collections that will be on view at the New Britain Museum of American Art for a year and a half in an exhibition entitled Hudson River Paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “I believe you will be astonished by their beauty and significance,” says Director Douglas Hyland.
The New Britain Museum of American Art is pleased to announce a very exciting collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Six Hudson River School paintings from the Metropolitan’s American Paintings and Sculpture Department and one by the leading 19th -century genre painter Winslow Homer (1836-1910) will be on view in the New Britain Museum’s Henry and Sharon Martin Gallery from March 13, 2009 through September 2010. Examples by Frederic Church (1826-1900), Asher B. Durand (1796-1886), George Inness (1825-1894) and John Frederick Kensett (1816-1872) are represented along with the Homer.