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Grand Rapids Art Museum opens Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820-1950 exhibition

The Grand Rapids Art Museum presents Masterpieces of American Landscape Painting 1820-1950 an exhibition on view at GRAM October 20, 2013 through January 12, 2014.

Winslow Homer, Driftwood, 1909.
Winslow Homer, Driftwood, 1909.

This exhibition features 48 paintings from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, spanning Romanticism of the early 1800s to the Modernism of the 1940s, and including paintings by Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Winslow Homer, George Inness, Maxfield Parrish, Arthur Dove, Martin Johnson Heade, Georgia O’Keeffe and other major artists.

The highlights include Winslow Homer’s Driftwood, his final painting created at age 73, as well as an early view of what eventually became Yosemite National Park by Albert Bierstadt. Works by Childe Hassam and Willard Metcalf are examples of the newly-created, distinctly American Impressionism, while a Georgia O’Keeffe painting shows how she pushed Modernism to new levels of abstraction.

Special programming associated with the exhibition includes a collaborative video project that asks the community, “What’s your favorite American landscape?,” plus a 26-hour drop-in group project to craft a three-dimensional landscape from compostable materials. During the exhibition, guests can join frequent guided tours led by docents (volunteer art educators), various art-making activities for children and adults, and register for a landscape painting class.

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