George Washington

Images of George Washington were in great demand during his lifetime. Of the many created, this is perhaps the most familiar to us today since it is used on the face of the one dollar bill. This is one of approximately 75 Stuart painted based on an unfinished likeness of Washington known as the “Athenaeum Portrait,” named after the Boston library that received it following Stuart’s death. Martha Washington commissioned Stuart to paint portraits of herself and her husband to hang in their Virginia home, Mount Vernon, although she never received them. Instead, Stuart retained the originals in order to use them as templates for future portrait requests. He referred to these recreated portraits as his “one-hundred dollar bills,” the price charged for such a painting. John Hoge, a state senator in Pennsylvania, requested this version in 1796, the same year the original was made.

Washington sat for Stuart on three different occasions; this represents the second sitting. In total, Stuart made more than 110 paintings of the “father of our country.”

Image Credits: Gilbert Stuart, George Washington, 1796 or later, oil on canvas. Gift of Mr. Gilbert A. Harrison.

Flower Garden

An American who studied traditional, academic art in Paris, Ritman turned his attention to modernism, becoming part of the third-wave of Impressionist artists. He worked in the scenic area of Giverny, France, painting in the gardens made famous by Claude Monet. Ritman’s paintings combine the decorative pattern of the Post Impressionists with the atmospheric effects of light that preoccupied the Impressionists in a style often called “decorative Impressionism.” This particular work is believed to have been displayed in the 1913 annual exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Image Credits: Louis Ritman, Flower Garden, c. 1913, oil on canvas. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Redfield, Jr., 1996.259.

The White Rose (Portrait of Miss Jessup)

Chase was one of the leading American artists working at the end of the 19th century. As an influential instructor he inspired a generation of art students, who included modernists Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Charles Demuth, Charles Sheeler and Joseph Stella. Pictured is Chase’s student Josephine Jessup (1858-1933), who would become a member of the New York Women’s Art Club and the American Society of Miniature Painters.

Image Credits: William Merritt Chase, The White Rose (Portrait of Miss Jessup), c. 1886, pastel on paper mounted on canvas. Gift of Miss Margaret Mallory, 1961.146.

About the American Collection

The American collection features art dating from the late 18th century to the early 20th century. In the selected items on view, the developments of American artistic traditions can be traced through the early interests in portraiture, the rise in prominence of landscape painting in the 19th-century, the popularity of genre scenes, as well as the academic traditions of history and large-scale society paintings. The collection reflects the influence in naturalism stemming from European artistic traditions. Represented artists include: Winslow Homer, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Gilbert Stuart, John Singleton Copley, Fitz Henry Lane, George Inness, Eastman Johnson, William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, and others.

Thorne Rooms

These rooms were conceived, designed and in large part created by Narcissa Niblack Thorne. An Indiana native, Thorne began to collect miniature furniture and household accessories during her travels to England and the Far East shortly after the turn of the 20th century.

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Current Exhibitions

Special Installation American Art galleries Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Sunday, June 20, 2021

Special Installation American Art galleries Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Sunday, June 14, 2020

Special Installation American Art galleries Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Sunday, November 15, 2020

PhxArt60 Marshall and Hendler Galleries Saturday, September 7, 2019 - Sunday, January 26, 2020

Special Installation Mabel A. Woodyard Gallery for American Art Saturday, September 7, 2019 - Sunday, June 20, 2021

Special Installation Tooker Saturday, December 21, 2019 - Sunday, November 27, 2022

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Past Exhibitions

Transcendent Transcendentalists American Art galleries Saturday, March 30, 2019 - Sunday, December 15, 2019

Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist Steele Gallery Saturday, March 9, 2019 - Sunday, September 8, 2019

Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam Through Time and Place Asian Art Galleries Saturday, January 26, 2019 - Monday, May 27, 2019

Special Installation American Art galleries Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Sunday, August 25, 2019

In the Company of Women Steele Gallery Saturday, July 7, 2018 - Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Figure in Context Mabel A. Woodyard Gallery for American Art Friday, May 4, 2018 - Sunday, September 2, 2018

Poetry in Motion The Hub: The James K. Ballinger Interactive Gallery Saturday, December 16, 2017 - Sunday, June 10, 2018

Alexander Calder Orientation Gallery Saturday, September 9, 2017 - Sunday, April 1, 2018

Prints and People The Hub: The James K. Ballinger Interactive Gallery Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - Sunday, December 10, 2017

Border Crossings Marshall and Hendler Galleries Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Philip C. Curtis Orme Lewis Gallery Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Sunday, June 3, 2018

Good Sport Orientation Gallery Friday, March 17, 2017 - Thursday, August 31, 2017

Get Face Marshall Gallery and Hendler Gallery Saturday, September 17, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016

Phoenix Rising Steele Gallery Saturday, April 16, 2016 - Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Ultimate Collection: Orientation Gallery Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - Sunday, May 29, 2016

Super Indian The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Gallery and Paul and Merle Marcus Atrium Saturday, February 27, 2016 - Sunday, June 5, 2016

American and European Art from the 1920s and 1930s Lyon Gallery Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - Sunday, November 15, 2015

From New York to New Mexico Steele Gallery Sunday, June 7, 2015 - Monday, September 7, 2015

Don Coen Men's Art Council and Brown Family Galleries Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Sunday, February 1, 2015

William H. Johnson Orme Lewis Gallery Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hollywood Costume Katz Wing, Main Level Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - Sunday, July 6, 2014

Gene Kloss Orme Lewis Gallery Saturday, January 11, 2014 - Sunday, April 6, 2014

Read My Pins Lila and Joel Harnett Gallery Saturday, November 23, 2013 - Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Art of Video Games Steele Gallery Sunday, June 16, 2013 - Sunday, September 29, 2013

Kehinde Wiley Marshall and Hendler Galleries Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - Sunday, June 23, 2013

Frank Lloyd Wright Phoenix Art Museum Sunday, December 18, 2011 - Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ray Wielgus Lyon Gallery Saturday, September 24, 2011 - Monday, January 2, 2012

The Long 19th Century Steele Gallery Saturday, December 11, 2010 - Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cézanne and American Modernism Steele Gallery Thursday, July 1, 2010 - Sunday, September 26, 2010

Elihu Vedder's Drawings for the Rubáiyát Harnett Gallery Saturday, November 15, 2008 - Sunday, February 8, 2009

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