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Part of The American Wing
Henry Ossawa Tanner (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1859–1937 Paris)
Date: 1923Accession Number: 2001.402a
John La Farge (American, New York 1835–1910 Providence, Rhode Island)
Date: 1859Accession Number: 34.134
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In the late nineteenth century, the taste of American viewers and collectors changed in response to their expanded opportunities for travel; ready access to prints, photographs, and illustrations in magazines and journals; and familiarity with art in newly founded museums. As this audience, principally in the prosperous industrial Northeast, came to value contemporary Continental—especially French—art, American artists working in all media lived and studied abroad and investigated a wide range of subjects and styles in order to attract patronage. Operating in an increasingly professional and complex art world, they found their prospects enhanced for displaying and marketing their works on both sides of the Atlantic. Their new range, sophistication, and ambitions are apparent in this gallery.
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