American Art

Charles Sheeler, City Interior, 1936

The collections at the Worcester Art Museum span the history of American art from 1670 to the end of the twentieth century, with special strengths in colonial painting and American Impressionism. By virtue of the Museum's location in central New England and the scholarly interests of the first curators of the collection, Worcester's early American paintings include many renowned works. The Museum's holdings of American Impressionism were built largely by purchases made from the annual exhibitions of contemporary American painting held in the first two decades of the century. The Museum is also recognized for its collections of American watercolors and watercolor miniatures on ivory.

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John Freake Mrs. Elizabeth Freake and Baby Mary Thomas Smith Self Portrait

Anonymous Artist
John Freake, about 1671-74

Anonymous Artist
Mrs. Elizabeth Freake and Baby Mary, about 1671-74

Thomas Smith
Self-Portrait, about 1680

John Singleton Copley, John Bours High Chest of Drawers Paul Revere, Paine Service

John Singleton Copley
John Bours, about 1765-70

High Chest of Drawers, 1760-80

Paul Revere II
Paine Service, 1773

Benjamin West, Pharaoh and His Host Lost in the Red Sea Charles Willson Peale, Charles Pettit Edward Savage

Benjamin West
Pharaoh and His Host Lost in the Red Sea, 1792

Charles Willson Peale
Charles Pettit, 1792

Edward Savage
Liberty in the Form of the Goddess of Youth: Giving Support to the Bald Eagle, 1796

Ralph Earl, Looking East from Denny Hill Anna Sanders Gilbert Stuart, Mrs. Perez Morton

Ralph Earl
Looking East from Denny Hill, 1800

Anna Sanders
Sampler, 1801

Gilbert Stuart
Mrs. Perez Morton, about 1802

Thomas Jefferson John Vanderlyn James Peale, Still Life

Charles-Balthazar- Julien Févret De Saint-Mémin
Thomas Jefferson, 1804

John Vanderlyn
Sampson Vryling Stoddard Wilder, about 1808-12

James Peale
Still Life, 1825

Rembrandt Peale Samuel F. B. Morse Edward Hicks, The Peaceable Kingdom

Rembrandt Peale
George Washington, 1827

Samuel F. B. Morse
The Chapel of the Virgin at Subiaco, 1830

Edward Hicks
The Peaceable Kingdom, about 1833

Thomas Cole Eliza Goodridge Thomas Crawford

Thomas Cole
View on the Arno, near Florence, 1837

Eliza Goodridge
Stephen Salisbury III, 1838

Thomas Crawford
Boy Playing Marbles, 1853

Salisbury House, Worcester, Massachusetts James Abbott McNeill Whistler Matthew B. Brady

Salisbury House, Worcester, Massachusetts, about 1857

James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Sketch for Rose and Silver: La Princesse du Pays de la Porcelaine, 1863-64

Matthew B. Brady
General Robert E. Lee and Staff, 1865

Albert Bierstadt George Inness Winslow Homer

Albert Bierstadt
Yosemite Falls, about 1865-70

George Inness
The Alban Hills, 1873

Winslow Homer
Boys and Kitten, 1873

Winslow Homer John Singer Sargent John Singer Sargent

Winslow Homer
The Gale, 1883-93

John Singer Sargent
Venetian Water Carriers, 1880-82

John Singer Sargent
Muddy Alligators, 1917

Thomas Eakins Eadweard Muybridge Mary Cassatt

Thomas Eakins
Study of the Head of Samuel David Gross, 1875

Eadweard Muybridge
Jumping a hurdle; saddle; bay horse Daisy Plate 640 of Animal Locomotion, 1887

Mary Cassatt
Reine Lefebvre Holding a Nude Baby, 1902

John La Farge Maurice Brazil Prendergast Frank Benson

John La Farge
Peacock Window, 1892-1908

Maurice Brazil Prendergast
Low Tide, Beachmont, about 1902-4

Frank Benson
Portrait of My Daughters, 1907

Alfred Stieglitz Arthur B. Davies Childe Hassam

Alfred Stieglitz
The Steerage, 1907

Arthur B. Davies
Sleep Lies Perfect in Them, 1908

Childe Hassam
The Breakfast Room, Winter Morning, 1911

Charles Sheeler Charles Sheeler George Bellows

Charles Sheeler
Zinnia and Nasturtium Leaves, 1915

Charles Sheeler
City Interior, 1936

George Bellows
The White Horse, 1922

Edward Weston

Edward Weston
In a Glendale Studio, 1923