Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Features From The Toledo Museum of Art - COUNTRY #4

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Features From My Visit to: The Toledo Museum of Art - COUNTRY#4

TMA (Toledo Museum of Art) is one of my favorite places in Toledo, Ohio.  I first visited this beautiful museum when I was in high school in Canada.  I grew up in the Windsor area and I was privileged to go to a high school with an advanced art program.  We actually visited the TMA twice throughout my high school career.  I had no idea when I was a teenager that I would actually marry an American and then settle in the Toledo area!  I now visit my favorite museum once a year.

I will be featuring a few pieces from the TMA each month.

It's June and this month I will be featuring artwork that depicts something summery.

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“The Country Gallants”

By John George Brown (American, 1831-1913)

This artist was born in England but moved to New York City when he was about 20 years old.  His parents tried to dissuade him from becoming a painter by pushing him towards becoming a glass worker.  In 1855 it was actually his father-in-law who encouraged him to continue painting and that is exactly what John George Brown pursued for the rest of his life.

Since the industrial revolution was changing society at that time, the American country rural life was becoming a thing of the past.  In the featured painting seen above you can see that this artist was depicting those sentimental scenes of everyday life in rural America hoping to capture that life before it disappeared.

I just love this painting because it is more of an illustration that one might find in a children's story book - it leaves me with a wonderfully content feeling.


Other TMA Posts:
GLASS#1 - Church Stained Glass
COUNTRY#1 - "Hazy Day on the Marshes"
COUNTRY#2 - "A Dutch Road"
PEOPLE#1 - "Rainy Day, Boston"
GLASS#2 - Tiffany Chandelier
PEOPLE#2 - "The Open Air Breakfast"
COUNTRY#3 - "The Scottish Highlands"

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