• Severin Roesen, Still Life with Fruit and Wine. 1862. Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in. Judith G. and Steaven K. Jones Collection
    American Beauty and Bounty
    The Judith G. and Steaven K. Jones Collection of Nineteenth-Century Painting
    October 28, 2018 — January 27, 2019
Enoch Wood Perry, Ice Skating Party. ca. 1870. Oil on canvas, 20 x 15 in. Crocker Art Museum, Judith G. and Steaven K. Jones Collection
Jervis McEntee, Sitting by the Fire. 1865. Oil on canvas, 15 x 12 in. Crocker Art Museum, Judith G. and Steaven K. Jones Collection
John Frederick Kensett, School's Out. 1850. Oil on canvas, 18 x 30 in. Crocker Art Museum, Judith G. and Steaven K. Jones Collection

Judith and Steaven Jones began to acquire 19th-century American paintings in the late 1970s. This collection has grown to include 29 works that the Joneses will ultimately gift to the Crocker. Many are by Hudson River School painters, who focused on the landscape and pursued a highly polished, detailed technique. Key artists include first-generation practitioners Asher B. Durand and Thomas Doughty, as well as important landscape painters of the second generation, including Albert Bierstadt, Sanford Gifford, John Kensett, and Worthington Whittredge. The collection also includes meticulously rendered still-life paintings by artists such as Severin Roesen and William Michael Harnett, as well as scenes of American daily life by Eastman Johnson, Enoch Wood Perry, and others. Collectively, these paintings communicate a spirit of American optimism, of transcendental wonderment in nature, of national abundance, and of nostalgia for ways of life that, even as the scenes were being painted, seemed already to be passing.

Read more in our blog, The Oculus, HERE.

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