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Hirschl & Adler Galleries

From Limner To Aesthete
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One can trace the development of America’s independence and growth in culture, economics, and in world political influence through the eyes of its artists, and through the images of their patrons.  The history of portrait and figure painting in America, from the early eighteenth-century Limner tradition to the aesthetic masterpieces of the twentieth century, is a model for the country’s social concerns and achievements, rising from a colonial power still attached to the Old World to a cosmopolitan, but independent-minded power.  Opening on Thursday, May 1, and running through Friday, June 13, Hirschl & Adler Galleries is proud to be able to exhibit over forty of the finest American portrait and figure paintings from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.

The exhibition From Limner to Aesthete will include portrait and figure paintings by John Singleton Copley, Thomas Sully, Edmund Tarbell, Frank Weston Benson, and John Singer Sargent. Highlights of the exhibition include an extremely rare and important early American portrait of Petrus Rutgers by the New York limner Gerardus Duyckinck from about 1722, a beautiful ivory portrait miniature by Charles Willson Peale from 1767, A Winter’s Tale of Sprites and Goblins, the most ambitious figural painting by the American master Dennis Miller Bunker from 1886, and William Merritt Chase’s extraordinary Portrait of Josiah Lasell from 1895.

For further information on this exhibition, or for a brochure contact Michael Gitlitz.

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