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American Art

American Art

The American Art collection contains about 1,000 paintings, 400 sculptures, and 4,000 works on paper. In addition to the Wadsworth Atheneum’s celebrated Hudson River School paintings, collection highlights include 18th century portraits by Ralph Earl and John Singleton Copley, 19th century still lifes by the Peale family, late 19th century trompe l’oeil paintings, and American modernism, with important paintings by Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keefe, and Andrew Wyeth.

The American sculpture collection features works by noted artists such as Horatio Greenough, Harriet Hosmer, Gaston Lachaise, Elie Nadelman, Paul Manship, and Alexander Calder.

Works on paper by American artists were featured in the special exhibition American Moderns on Paper: Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, on view October 2, 2010 – January 17, 2011. Learn more about American Moderns by viewing its microsite.

Browse our curator’s collection highlights using the gallery below.
Gallery images are not reflective of what is currently on view.