National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS

image: George de Forest Brush: The Indian Paintings; September 14, 2008 to January 4, 2009

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery. Please follow the links below for related online resources or visit our current exhibitions schedule.

Related Resources

Exhibition Feature
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Exhibition Catalogue Introduction
In Choosing Indians As Subjects...
by Nancy K. Anderson
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Works by
George de Forest Brush
in the Gallery's Collection

NGA Backstory: George de Forest Brush, Part 1: The Advent of the Indian Paintings
Step behind the scenes of a world-class museum with host Barbara Tempchin and Nancy Anderson, curator of American and British paintings, National Gallery of Art
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George de Forest Brush, Part 2: Tradition and Modernity
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Exhibition catalogue

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Homer and Eakins: American Painters in the Late 1800s

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Press Materials

Image: George de Forest Brush,  An Aztec Sculptor, 1887 Combining extraordinary technical skills acquired in Jean-Léon Gérôme’s studio in Paris with firsthand experience living among the Arapahoe, Shoshone, and Crow in Wyoming and Montana, George de Forest Brush (1854/1855–1941) created an important series of paintings of American Indians much celebrated by his contemporaries but rarely seen since. Completed during the 1880s, many of these works were quickly acquired by major American collectors and have remained in private hands through several generations. Of the twenty featured in this exhibition, several have only recently come to light. These stunningly beautiful paintings are studio compositions: complex meditations on the advent of modernism in which the Indian serves as metaphor. The accompanying catalogue, incorporating new research, is the first scholarly study of this series.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with the Seattle Art Museum.