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THE NARRATIVE IMPULSE

IN AMERICAN ART

a personal selection

 

This section is dedicated to lesser known examples of American painting that explore narrative structures. I was disconcerted that, visiting America, art students had only the sketchiest awareness of their own art history. Researching FORTUNE magazine made me aware of the astonishing richness of artists' narratives responding to the complexities of their Society. All the sale catalogues are in my own Library. the scholarship expended on each work of art is formidable. and also deserves to be better known.

 

A

MILTON AVERY, Steeplechase 1929

B

PEGGY BACON , The Whitney Studio Club (Frenzied Effort) 1925
JOHN BAEDER , '56 Plymouth 1963
ROBERT BECHTLE , Pullman 1974
ROBERT BECHTLE , Roses 1973
GEORGE BELLOWS , Wounded Soldier on the Road to Berlin c1915
THOMAS HART BENTON, Blast Furnace, West Pennsylvania, c1928, Wounded Soldier kn the Road to Berlin c1915
THOMAS HART BENTON, Poker Night 1948 after Streetcar
ALBERT BIERSTADT , Jenny Lake Wyoming after 1881
DAVID GILMOUR BLYTHE , Land of Liberty 1859, Irishman and Cigar Store Indian
AARON BOHROD, Landscape near Chicago 1934
GUY PENE DU BOIS, Solitaire 1943
GUY PENE DU BOIS, Country Wedding 1929
RUTHERFORD BOYD , Shanghai Express c1932
NICHOLAS ALDEN BROOKS, Dollar on the First Race, Saratoga still life

C

PAUL CADMUS, Study for a David and Goliath
PAUL CADMUS, The Fleet's In!
ALEXANDER CALDER , Circus 1926-1931
LEONORA CARRINGTON, Ab Eo. Quod 1956
CLARENCE HOLBROOK CARTER, Girls I have Known, 1933
CLARENCE HOLBROOK CARTER, Wheeling Steel Mill Portsmouth Ohio1955
CLARENCE HOLBROOK CARTER Springtime in Pittsburgh 1939
ALFREDO CASTANEDA , Requiem for a Friend 1982
CARROLL CLOAR , The Lightning that struck Rufo Barcliff 1955
THOMAS COLE , Prometheus Bound 1846-7
MAXIMILIEN COLIN , Woman in an interior 1890-1
GEORGE COPE , The Hunter's Equipment still life 1891
JOSEPH CORNELL , Object (Roses des Vents) 1942
JOSEPH CORNELL , The Sister Shades, front and back 1942
JOSEPH CORNELL , La Favorite 1948
FRANCIS CRISS, Bird of Prey
RALSTON CRAWFORD , New Orleans Cemetery 1960
RALSTON CRAWFORD , New Hope Station 1932
RALSTON CRAWFORD , Nascelles under Construction 1945-6
RALSTON CRAWFORD , First Avenue 1954
RALSTON CRAWFORD , Third Avenue L, Number 3 studies 1949-1951
FRANCIS CRISS, Alma Sewing c1940

D

STUART DAVIS Odol 1926
STUART DAVIS Chinatown 1912
STUART DAVIS Jefferson Market
STUART DAVIS Study for Men without Women 1932
STUART DAVIS Still
STUART DAVIS Study for Package Deal 1946 (for FORTUNE)
CHARLES DEMUTH Three Plays Stockbridge
STEVEN DOHANOS The Hardware Store (for SEP November 1951)
STEVEN DOHANOS The Lost Shoe 1946
STEVEN DOHANOS Tired Museum Feet 1956
STEVEN DOHANOS Farm House Toys,
ARTHUR DOVE Italy Goes to War 1940
ARTHUR DOVE The Critic 1925
ELSIE DRIGGS Pittsburgh 1927

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F

LYONEL FEININGER , Road of Trees 1915
ARTHUR FROST, The Circus is in Town
JARED FRENCH Woman and Boys 1944
JARED FRENCH State Park 1946

 

G

JOHN GAST, American progress 1872
ADOLPH GOTTLIEB , South Ferry Waiting Room c1929
  WILLIAM GROPPER, The Law Makers
WILLIAM GROPPER, Tycoon 1954

H

SAMUEL HALPERT, Downtown 1922
WILLIAM HARNETT Still life with Pipe, Newspaper and Tobacco Pouch 1877
MARSDEN HARTLEY Musical Theme no 1 Bach 1912
CHILDE HASSAM The Mackaye Spectatorium 1893
EDWARD LAMSON HENRY The Artist's Comments on Women's Hats 1894 4 panels
CLAUDE RAGUET HIRST Lord Chestefield's Letters , still life
EDWARD HOPPER Dawn in Pennsylvania 1942
WILLIAM HORTON La Plage Whitby 1913

I

WILSON IRVINE, The Carousel Brittany c1923

J

HARRY JACKSON two figures, Dog Soldier, Two Champs
HARRY JACKSON two figures, working model for a Monument, Washakie Two Champs

K

PAUL KELPE, Mechanical Abstraction c1930
PAUL KELPE, Man and Machinery 1934
OTIS KAYE, What a Hit! still life
OTIS KAYE, Specimen Treasury Department 1939 still life
OTIS KAYE, Help Stamp Out Poverty still life
WILLEM DE KOONING , design for World Fair Mural, Hall of Pharmacy 1937
WALT KUHN, Self Portrait as Clown 1932
ROCKWELL KENT, Garden at Oak Ridge Virginia
LEON KROLL, Bryant Park 1916

L

ELLEN LANYON Elevated Night 1947
JACOB LAWRENCE Going Home, Masked Ball , both 1946
EMIL LEUTZE Washington Crossing the Delaware
DAVID LEVINE Joy Ride 1982
EDMUND LEWANDOWSKI Lifeboat,1980 - Steel Structures 1982
JOSEPH C LEYENDECKER New Year Baby for Saturday Evening Post 1917
LOUIS LOZOWICK New York c1923

M

REGINALD MARSH Grain Elevator 1921
MARY BLOOD MELLEN Shipwreck on the Beach
ALFRED JACOB MILLER, Girl Swinging
WALTER MURCH Still life with Lemons and Potato
GERALD MURPHY , Cocktail 1927

N

DALE NICHOLS, Death in the Wheatfields 1937

O

GEORGIA O'KEEFE Ranchos Church c 1930

P

MAXFIELD PARRISH Seein' things at night, 1905
MAXFIELD PARRISH Wild Geese 1923
MAXFIELD PARRISH The Philosopher, The Farmer 1909
MAXFIELD PARRISH Study for the Du Pont Mural 1932
MAXFIELD PARRISH Spring 1936
MAXFIELD PARRISH Sun Up 1942
JOHN F PETO, Lincoln and the Star of David Sun Up 1904
JOHN F PETO, Still life with Mug, Pipe and Oyster Crackers c1880-1890
JOHN F PETO, Still life with Lamp. Pipe, Matches Book and Mug / Still Life Book Mug Pipe and Match
JOSEPH PENNELL Bringing Home the Heroes after the Zeppelin Explosion
MARJORIE PHILLIPS Night Baseball 1951

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R

HARRY ROSELAND Coney island
NORMAN ROCKWELL Young Love Sledding 1949 and From Cradle to Grave 1946
NORMAN ROCKWELL Welder / Shuttlecar 1968
HUGO ROBUS Steam Shovel c 1920
THEODOR ROSZAK Early Leave

S

PAUL SAMPLE, Janitor's Holiday 1936
CHARLES SHEELER, Home Sweet Home 1931
CHARLES SHEELER, San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf 1956
CHARLES SHEELER, The Mill, Andover Mass., 1946
CHARLES SHEELER, Church Street El, 1920
EVERITT SHINN, The After Dinner Turn 1946
SIMKA SIMKIVITCH , The Picnic, 1934-5
CLYDE SINGER , Malvern Hardware 1935
CLYDE SINGER , The Mozart (Canton) 1937
CLYDE SINGER , Spring time in the Valley 1936
CLYDE SINGER , The Communist Rally in Cleveland 1931
CLYDE SINGER , Stone's Service Station 1939
ERIC SLOANE , Connestoga Wagon, late 70's / Autumn Mosaic 1979
JOHN SLOAN , Monongahala River Valley 1936
JOHN STORRS, Ceres, chrome and nickel statue 1928 -
JOHN STORRS, Sergent de ville,(Gendarme) plaster figure 1920

T

EDGAR TOLSON, Temptation in the Garden of Eden, wooden figures c1968
GEORGE TOOKER, Supermarket 1973
GEORGE TOOKER, Highway 1953

U

 

V

ELIHU VEDDER, Fortuna, allegorical figure ?1881

W

MAX WEBER , Chinese Restaurant 1915
EDWIN LORD WEEKS, Palace and Lake, Sarkeh-Ahmedabad
N.C.WYETH A Garden Meeting 1927 for Ladies Home Journal

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