American Art at the Flint Institute of Arts

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William H. Gerdts
Flint Institute of Arts, 2003 - Art - 272 pages
"An overview of the stunning array of treasures reveals representation of many of the important advancements in the history of American art. Outstanding masterworks include a marsh scene by Martin Johnson Heade, a portrait of her sister at a loom by Mary Cassatt, the famous study for an outdoor portrait of the Vickers children by John Singer Sargent, a Newport harbor scene by Childe Hassam, and William Zorach's Spirit of the Dance, a sculpture that was initially conceived for Radio City Music Hall. The earliest piece of American art is an historical work by Benjamin West painted in 1796. Later pieces represent naive art by many of the well-known painters, as well as a significant group of Tonalist works.

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William H. Gerdts was born in 1929 in Jersey City, New Jersey. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Amherst College and a master's degree and PhD in fine arts from Harvard University. He has served as curator of art at the Norfolk (Virginia) Museum and resident director of the historic Myers House in Norfolk, as curator of painting and sculpture at the Newark (New Jersey) Museum, and as gallery director at the University of Maryland (College Park), where he also taught art history. He is an art historian and professor of art history at CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of 25 books on American art including Art Across America. Two Centuries of Regional Painting and American Impressionism.

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