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Eastern American and European Gallery

Art Collecting of the Panhandle-Plains Residents

The Eastern American and European Gallery (EAEG) is designed to convey collecting taste in the Panhandle-Plains region and tells the viewer what types of Eastern American and European art have interested Panhandle residents since the 1890s. Typically, most of these objects were obtained after the donors had settled in the area, although some were family heirlooms. Pieces in the gallery give a good cross-section of art from nearly all the European countries including Great Britain, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain Russia, and Germany, as well as the Eastern United States. The Museum's largest holdings are with the 19th-century British school and the 17th-century Dutch school, with a few examples from the countries cited above. The pieces range from the 16th through the 19th centuries.

The most important painting in the European collection is William Hogarth's portrait of his mother, Mrs. Richard (Anne) Hogarth, (1735). Other highlights in the European collection include a painting by Italian Renaissance painter Marco Bello; a painting of Venice by the Spanish Impressionist Martin Rico y Ortega; landscapes by Thomas Creswick, a popular British painter of the Victorian period; a shipping scene of the 17th-century Dutch School; a portrait on copper by Eduard Stroehling, a German painter; a landscape by Barbizon-school painter Jules Dupré and a “cows in a landscape” by 19th century Dutch painter Johannes de Haas.

Prominent among the Eastern American school are paintings by Hudson River school painter Jasper Francis Cropsey; George Inness, proponent of the American Barbizon movement; Ralph A. Blakelock, a Hudson River School artist turned visionary; Bruce Crane, an American Tonalist; Thomas Moran’s City of Mexico (1894); and Dewitt McClellan Lockman, a New York society portrait painter who used Ash Can School effects in his genre paintings, such as the grand Partiality (1905).

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Lockman, Partiality

Lockman, Partiality

 
	 Ralph Albert Blakelock, Autumn Landscape

Ralph Albert Blakelock, Autumn Landscape

 
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