American 19-20th Century Figurative Art and Portraiture


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American 19-20th Figurative Art and Portraiture." 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 the articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the date of publication in Resource Library.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

2010- present






also from the Web:

Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th Century American Art, an exhibit held June 29 - September 30, 2013 at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Includes videos. Accessed March,, 2015.

Becoming the Butterfly, Portraits of James McNeill Whistler, an exhibit held April 30 - August 4, 2013 at the University of Virginia Art Museum. Includes exhibit extended object labels. Accessed May, 2015.

Charles Banks Wilson: The Artist as Historian, an exhibit held at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art. Accessed April, 2015.

Don Shelton website: Mr. Shelton wrote to TFAO: "I collect miniature portraits, especially American ones.  The overall collection is titled "Artists and Ancestors". There are over 300 American miniature portraits in the American section of the collection and they are illustrated and "published" on my website which has a home page at together with comprehensive research notes. I believe it to be one of the larger private collections of American miniatures in existence."

Frank W. Benson: American Impressionist, an exhibit held September 29, 2000 to February 18, 2001 at the Peabody Essex Museum. Includes interactive website. Accessed April, 2015.

Human Connections: Figural Art from the Bruce Museum Collection, an exhibit held February 12, 2011 - June 5, 2011 at the Bruce Museum. From the Bruce Museum. Accessed May, 2014

Langdon Kihn: An American Story, an exhibit held March 22 - May 11, 2014 at the Foosaner Art Museum. Information includes curator essay, biography and images. Accessed May, 2014

Prominent Figures of the West from The T.B. Walker Collection of Portraits by Henry H. Cross, an exhibit held November 18, 2012 - March 31, 2013 at the Gilcrease Museum. Includes images of selected works in the exhibit. Accessed 12/14.

This Kind of Bird Flies Backward: Paintings by Joan Brown, an exhibit held October 14, 2011 - March 11, 2012 at the San Jose Museum of Art. Includes essay by Jodi Throckmorton, Associate Curator, San Jose Museum of Art, and videos. Accessed March,, 2015.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art presents a one hour 15 min. video from the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art titled Looking at John Singer Sargent, September 15, 2010, by Erica Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


TFAO also suggests these DVD or VHS videos:

Seth Eastman: Painting the Dakota showcases the unique body of work of one of the most significant American artists to the nineteenth century. This hour-long documentary takes viewers back vividly to the period and explore Eastman's complex relationship with his subjects.

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