Historical Fictions: Edward Lamson Henry's Paintings of Past and Present
July 24 – December 30, 2005
Widely appreciated in his own time as an artful storyteller, Edward Lamson Henry (1841–1919) meticulously documented places and events, particularly those associated with early America and the Civil War. The exhibition explores the artist’s fascination with “historical fictions,” and how these romanticized visions of the past helped create a unified national identity in the discordant decades after the Civil War. Although precisely rendered, Henry’s lively paintings and drawings presented fantasies about the past that addressed viewers‚ anxieties about their changing world, which was being profoundly affected by mounting industrialization, urbanization, and immigration.
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The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, with an essay by the curator. Available online (see Information: Museum Store) or at the Gallery’s Museum Bookstore; for more information, please call 203.432.7421.
Exhibition and publication organized by Amy Kurtz Lansing, the Marcia Brady Tucker Curatorial Research Assistant, American Paintings and Sculpture. The exhibition is supported by the Friends of American Arts at Yale, the Eugénie Prendergast Fund for American Art given by Jan and Warren Adelson, and an endowment made possible by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The catalogue was supported by a grant from Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, and by the Virginia and Leonard Marx Fund.