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Exhibition New Frontier II. American Art Enters the Louvre.
The origins of American genre painting

from January 19, 2013 to April 22, 2013

This special exhibition is part of a long-term partnership with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Terra Foundation for American Art, and was made possible through their generous support.

The Louvre is continuing to showcase American art through its partnership with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, Arkansas), the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

This year’s theme is the development of genre painting in the United States from the first half of the 19th century to the Civil War, a period of economic and territorial expansion for the young nation. Interest in art was not yet widespread, and European academic canons struggled to find an audience. Some American artists—such as George Caleb Bingham, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait and Eastman Johnson—met with popular success by painting scenes that depicted the daily lives of people on the fringes of society, those who ventured into the huge country’s virgin territories. Though seemingly naive in style, these images of trappers or Mississippi boatmen were influenced by European genre paintings, notably those from the Dutch Golden Age and contemporary British works.

Two works from the Louvre’s collection, by Jan Steen (1626-1679) and William Mulready (1786-1863), have been selected to illustrate the fruitful exchange between New World painters and European masters.

Organized by:

Guillaume Faroult, musée du Louvre, department of Paintings

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Practical information

From January 19 to April 22, 2013

Denon wing, 1st floor, room 32

Opening hours
Open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays

Included in the museum ticket: €11

Further information
+33 (0)1 40 20 53 17