Collection: American Masterworks

Fenimore Art Museum

April 2 – December 29, 2024

An exhibition featuring several newly acquired oil paintings by artists Albert Bierstadt, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Frederic Edwin Church, Childe Hassam, Martin Johnson Heade, Robert Henri, George Inness, Eastman Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Thomas Moran, Georgia O’Keeffe, Maurice Prendergast, John Singer Sargent, and Max Weber.

The acquisitions highlight the museum’s effort to expand its already significant collection of American art. This group broadens the scope to include major works created from the 1870s to about 1930, allowing the museum to tell the story of American art and culture as it evolved after the Civil War.

Moving forward, Fenimore’s goal is to create a renowned collection of American art that builds upon the early and mid-nineteenth-century works left to the museum by our original benefactor Stephen C. Clark. Likewise, we continue the legacy of the generous gift of the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art given to us in 1995 by the Thaws and housed in a new wing funded by Clark’s granddaughter, Jane Forbes Clark.

Acquisition of these works was generously funded by the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust. The exhibition is sponsored in part by Mr. Tom Morgan and Ms. Erna J. Morgan McReynolds, and NYCM Insurance.

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