Set in the Philly suburbs, the Brandywine River Museum of Art is a premier destination for American art.
This month, the celebrated museum debuts From Homer to Hopper: Experiment and Ingenuity in American Art, an exciting new exhibit that chronicles the work of several 19th- and 20th-century visionaries.
- From Homer to Hopper will be on display through May 21.
- The exhibit includes 54 paintings from masters like Georgia O’Keeffe and Horace Pippin.
- Access to the exhibit is included with regular museum admission.
From Homer to Hopper features 54 paintings, all created between 1850 and 1950 by masters like Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Horace Pippin and Edward Hopper.
The exhibition takes visitors on a thematic chronological journey — starting with works by America’s modern “old masters” like Thomas Eakins and George Innis. This group emerged in the late 19th century and introduced new ways to express themselves in their work.
Moving to the end of the 19th-century, the exhibition explores the impact of French Impressionism on American artists like Theodore Robinson and John Henry Twachtman, followed by a look at expressive realism inspired by raw, remote locations untouched by modern civilization. This movement is reflected in paintings by Rockwell Kent, Marsden Hartley and others.
Important 20th-century artists like Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keeffe are represented as American pioneers in moving art from representational to conceptual, while works by Edward Hopper reflect the impact of industrialization on American life.
Additional themes explored are urban America, the immigrant and minority experience in America and artists who used concepts like philosophy, mathematics, science, religion and music as influences for their art.
Programs and Events
The Brandywine River Museum of Art will hold several events in conjunction with this exhibit.
At 11 a.m. on March 8, 15 and 22, a lecture series entitled “Her America: Three Women Artists from the Phillips Collection” will delve into the works of American female artists Georgia O’Keeffe, Doris Lee and Grandma Moses. Series tickets cost $35, and individual lectures cost $10.
The “From Homer to Hopper: Duncan Phillips’s Quest for the Best in American Art” lecture event on April 5 will highlight the groundbreaking artists included in this exhibit. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a reception to follow. Tickets cost $20.
On May 3, the “Realism Meets Abstraction” gallery talk will examine paintings from the exhibit and discuss how these artists created new visions of reality through their innovative work. The talk starts at 2 p.m.
Check the museum’s online calendar for more details and listings of additional events.
Tickets and More
From Homer to Hopper is included with regular museum admission, which costs $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for students and children under 6 and is free for kids 5 and younger.
The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.