Geographic Tour of American Art History

with an emphasis on representational art


Text resources from other websites

For overall art history prior to 1900 see American Art Directory, by American Federation of Arts, 1898

An search within "books" conducted March 24, 2008 located 1,363 pages with the search phrase "American art." Many of the books offer a "Search Inside" feature. The following books are examples:

Art in America: a Critical and Historical Sketch, Harper & Brothers, 1880 - 214 pages (Google eBook with full text available online without charge)

A Google Book Search conducted April 26, 2008 located:

Historic Artists' Homes and Studios from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Historic Artists' Homes and Studios from Wikipedia

MetPublications from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In October 2012 The Metropolitan Museum of Art launched MetPublications, an online resource that offers in-depth access to the Museum's print and online publications, covering art, art history, archaeology, conservation, and collecting. Beginning with nearly 650 titles published from 1964 to the present, this new addition to the Met's website will continue to expand and could eventually offer access to nearly all books, Bulletins, and Journals published by the Metropolitan Museum since its founding in 1870, as well as online publications. Publications to be added to the program on a continuing basis include recently published books and online publications, and print titles published by the Metropolitan Museum from 1870 to 1964, as well as print-on-demand options for out-of-print titles.

Following are relevant titles available for.pdf download:

American Art from American Collections; Biddle, James (1963)
American Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 1, Painters Born by 1815; Gardner, Albert TenEyck, and Stuart P. Feld (1965)
American Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Gardner, Albert TenEyck (1965)
American Paintings and Historical Prints from the Middendorf Collection; Feld, Stuart P. (1967)
Nineteenth-Century America: Paintings and Sculpture; Howat, John K., and Natalie Spassky, with an introduction by John K. Howat and John Wilmerding (1970)
Nineteenth-Century America: Furniture and Other Decorative Arts; Tracy, Berry B., Marilynn Johnson, Marvin D. Schwartz, and Suzanne Boorsch (1970)
Baltimore Federal Furniture in The American Wing; Bordes, Marilynn Johnson (1972)
American Impressionist and Realist Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz; Howat, John K., and Dianne H. Pilgrim (1973)
The American Wing: A Guide; Davidson, Marshall B. (1980)
The Guennol Collection. Vol. 2; Rubin, Ida Ely, ed. (1982)
The American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Davidson, Marshall B., and Elizabeth Stillinger (1985)
American Furniture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Late Colonial Period. Vol. II, The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles; Heckscher, Morrison H. (1985)
American Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Libin, Laurence (1985)
Masterpieces of American Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Salinger, Margaretta, with a foreword by John K. Howat (1986)
In Pursuit of Beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement; Burke, Doreen Bolger, et al. (1986)
American Paradise: The World of the Hudson River School; Avery, Kevin J., Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, John K. Howat, Doreen Bolger Burke, and Catherine Hoover Voorsanger (1987)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 9, The United States of America; introduction by Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque (1987)
American Art Posters of the 1890s in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, including the Leonard A. Lauder Collection; Kiehl, David W., with essays by Phillip Dennis Cate, Nancy Finlay, and David W. Kiehl (1987)
American Pastels in The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Bolger, Doreen, ed., with Marjorie Shelley (1989)
American Porcelain, 1770-1920; Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney (1989)
American Portrait Miniatures in the Manney Collection; Johnson, Dale T. (1990)
American Kasten: The Dutch-Style Cupboards of New York and New Jersey, 1650-1800; Kenny, Peter M., Frances Gruber Safford, and Gilbert T. Vincent (1991)
American Rococo, 1750-1775: Elegance in Ornament; Heckscher, Morrison H., and Leslie Greene Bowman (1992)
The Robert Lehman Collection. Vol. 8, American Drawings and Watercolors; Clark, Carol (1992)
American Impressionism and Realism: The Painting of Modern Life, 1885-1915; Weinberg, H. Barbara, Doreen Bolger, and David Park Curry (1994)
Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825-1861; Voorsanger, Catherine Hoover, and John K. Howat, eds., with essays by Dell Upton, Carrie Rebora Barratt, John K. Howat, Kevin J. Avery, Thayer Tolles, Morrison H. Heckscher, Elliot Bostwick Davis, Jeff L. Rosenheim, Caroline Rennolds Milbank, Amelia Peck, Catherine Hoover Voorsanger, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, and Deborah Dependahl Waters (2000)
A Walk Through The American Wing; The curators of the American Wing, with an introduction by Morrison H. Heckscher and H. Barbara Weinberg (2002)
American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915; Weinberg, H. Barbara, and Carrie Rebora Barratt, eds., with essays by Carrie Rebora Barratt, Margaret C. Conrads, Bruce Robertson, and H. Barbara Weinberg (2009)

The Timeline of Art History section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art web site contains thematic essays on American art. As of December 17, 2007 there are:

Modern Painting, by George Moore (reprint of the entire book) from Project Gutenberg

Teachers' Guide to American Art, from Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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See these online videos:

BBC Television presented American Vision: The History of American Art and Architecture produced by Planet 24 in association with BBC Television; a Time Inc.-BBC co-production; produced in association with Thirteen/WNET. Clips from epispdes are via YouTube. (Links found expired as of 7/6/09 audit. Video were removed due to terms of use violation. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.)


The WGBH/Boston Forum Network is an audio and video streaming web site dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures, including a number of videos on Art and Architecture. Partners include a number of museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations. See listings of related videos in this catalogue indexed by partner name. Boston Athenaeum partnered with the WGBH Forum Network for a series of lectures on American art by David Dearinger, who is Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Boston Athenaeum. An art historian and curator, he received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, with a specialty in nineteenth-century American art. Titles include:

and also from the Boston Athenaeum:

Accessed May, 2015.

C-Span Video Library presents John Updike, delivering the 37th Annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, "The Clarity of Things: What Is American about American Art?" 31 minutes, 5/22/08 Accessed May, 2015.

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