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Washington Square Park, New York City

Washington Square Park, New York City

New York City has hundreds of iconic landmarks, parks, monuments, streets, and buildings. During the early 20th century it was a bustling city, full of excitement, investment, and room for expansion and it quickly became a destination for travelers, immigrants, and artists. Art societies and academics became widely accepted and popular, and popped up all over the city. The depictions of New York increased dramatically throughout this time period. This metropolitan destination  could not be missed by any one in the art world, and many moved there to be part of the burgeoning art scene. Therefore, it is no surprise that dozens of prominent artists in the NBMAA’s collection lived and worked in New York City, and derived endless inspiration from the city. (more…)

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General George Washington Resigns, 2002. Mary Dwyer (b. 1959). Acrylic on Wood, 26 x 23 in. New Britain Museum of American Art, General Purchase Fund, 2001.109.

The Revolutionary War took place after the thirteen American colonies declared their independence from Britain in 1776. Each side partook in a war that lasted until 1783. George Washington was commander-in-chief of the American forces, and Benedict Arnold was also on the confederate side of the Americans. Both of these important Generals are famous to this day, yet for very different reasons. Washington became the first President of the United States of America because of his noble actions during the war. Conversely, Arnold was unhappy with Congress’ decision to pursue charges of money-related issues against him, and also with their lack of interest in promoting him. His anger turned into his changing of sides, thus becoming a traitor of the American Revolution. (more…)

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