Patriotism in American Art

and American Patriotic Art


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Patriotism in American Art and American Patriotic Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag (11/10/08)

American Spirit (10/13/05)

Patriotism and Persuasion: Posters of World War I (5/16/05)

Salute to Norman Rockwell; essay by Richard N. Gregg (4/13/05)

Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms: Paintings That Inspired a Nation (4/1/04)

Barbara Ernst Prey: An American Portrait (11/20/03)

George Washington: A National Treasure (8/12/03)

Red, White, and Blue: American Patriotic Images (7/23/03)

Freedom: Norman Rockwell's Vermont Years (5/22/03)

One Nation: Patriots and Pirates Portrayed by N.C. and James Wyeth; by Lauren Raye Smith (10/4/01)

One Nation: Patriots and Pirates Portrayed by N. C. Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth / Foreword; by David Michaelis (10/4/01)

Cover Story -- Norman Rockwell's America (7/6/99)

Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People (3/22/01)

First in the Hearts of His Countrymen: George Washington (2/2/99)


As of 8/24/15 TFAO Digital Library contained


From other websites:

Art of Democracy website. Accessed August, 2015.

The Art of Persuasion, an exhibit organized by The New York Society of Etchers, held November, 2006. Accessed August, 2015.

Flag Painters, from Accessed August, 2015.

The Freedom Project: Text/Context, An exhibition by the Chipstone Foundation an exhibit held August 22 - December 22, 2012 at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Accessed August, 2015

"Ideas & Trends: In Time of War; Once Again, Patriotic Themes Ring True as Art," By Deborah Solomon. from The New York TImes, October 28, 2001. Accessed August, 2015.

Patriotic Themes in Art from [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

To further understand the principles and values -- unique to the American experience -- underlying American patriotic art please see:

Declaration of Independence from Accessed August, 2015.
United States Constitution from Accessed August, 2015.
Bill of Rights from Accessed August, 2015.
Emancipation Proclamation, by Abraham Lincoln from Accessed August, 2015.
Gettysburg Address Drafts, by Abraham Lincoln from Accessed August, 2015.
Federalist Papers, by Thomas Paine and other early writings of the Republic, from Accessed August, 2015.
Common Sense, by Thomas Paine from Accessed August, 2015.

The Art of Persuasion [27:54] Steven Fredericks & Rosalee Isaly are interviewed by Paul & Joanie. The New York Society of Etchers website says: "Our exhibition The Art of Persuasion was organized to present prints addressing issues of current social, political and cultural significance. The artwork shown focused on domestic American rights to privacy and free speech; governmental spying; war; torture and, terrorism. The show was curated on behalf of the NYSE by Marilyn Kushner, then Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Brooklyn Museum of Art." Accessed August, 2015.
Stephen Fredericks on Art of Democracy [08:49] with Stephen Fredericks with Paul DeRienzo & Joan Moossy. Accessed August, 2015.


DVD/VHS videos:

-- not researched

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Stars and Stripes: Patriotic Themes in American Folk Art, by Deborah Harding, Rizzoli, 2002. Publisher Weekly says: "American crafts and textiles expert Harding (Home Sweet Home) combed through museums, auction house, libraries and private collections to compile this impressive catalogue of folk art and objects featuring the signs and symbols of a nascent democracy..... For Americana buffs, Harding's volume is a treasure trove of information: for each of the 200 color photographs, she offers a historian's description of the subject. Wooden liberty caps, for instance, were often mounted on poles and carried in parades, just as they had been in the French Revolution. Harding also gives thumbnail biographies of famous carvers and brief histories of, for example, the U.S. seal and the folk art of firehouses...." Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. (right: front cover of Stars and Stripes: Patriotic Themes in American Folk Art, image courtesy


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