Exhibition "American paintings»Traces a century of modern creative spirit in the United States, from realistic landscapes to bold abstract forms. Fifty-five works by American artists, including Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Georgia O'Keefe, span the period from the 1860s to the 1960s. Landscapes and portraits of the nineteenth century lay the foundation for light-filled scenes of American impressionists. The carefully structured urban landscapes of American modernists are replaced by works inspired by cubism and, finally, by colorful experimental paintings by abstract expressionists.
All the works in the exhibition are from the Phillips collection, which he founded in 1921, just six years before Charles and Anna Taft bequeathed their own collection and home to the people of Cincinnati who founded the Taft Art Museum.