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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Harvard Art Museums : Room 2100

Harvard Art Museums – Room 2100

Art From Us, Museum Guide #863

Art From Us presents a must-see Museum Guide daily, where we showcase specific artworks in specific museums – from across the globe. Today, for Art From Us, Museum Guide #863 the spotlight is on the Harvard Art Museums’ Room 2100. Showcasing a collection of Centuries of Tradition, Changing Times: Art for an Uncertain Age

The three works in focus are :

  1. Rocky Mountains, “Lander’s Peak”, Albert Bierstadt, 1863.
  2. Red Mullets, Claude Monet, c. 1870.
  3. Jacob and the Angel, Gustave Moreau, 1847-1878.

The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide #863

As is best explained by the digital catalogue of the Harvard Art Museums :

“This gallery brings together examples of the new materials, technologies, and ways of seeing that animated the art world in the mid-19th century.”

Changing Times in Western Art

Around the mid 19th century, changes in trends were noted in the art created in America and parts of Europe. With evolution in photo technologies, photography for the first time came to be considered an art form. As explained by the Harvard Art Museums :

“Invented in France and England and widely adapted by 1839, this radical image-making technology astonished early audiences and made formerly elite forms like portraiture available to wide swaths of the population.”

Apart from the shift in art media, there was also a notable shift in subject matter. Painters turned from the stress of modern urban landscapes to the serenity of the countryside.

After the bloodshed seen in the civil war in America, artists adopted a Realist vocabulary to express their disapproval.

All these changes in the art world came about as the artists of the time responded to the world around them.

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