End of Day: American Oil Painting Around 1900

6/15/2019 through 9/29/2019 | Frye Art Museum

Museums Capitol Hill/Central District

Drawn from the Frye Art Museum’s permanent collection, End of Day presents a selection of portrait and landscape paintings by American artists based primarily in the northeastern United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The works in the exhibition span the fifty-year period between the Civil War and First World War, a time of profound social, economic, and political change marked by rapid industrialization, urbanization, and America’s rise as an international superpower. Against this backdrop, the images offer sentiments that oscillate between an embrace of progress and a sense of nostalgia for what was perceived to be a simpler, bygone American era rooted in rural traditions, with many expressing ambivalence toward the complexities of modern life.

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