Non-Traditional Subjects in American Miniature Painting
June 1 - November 27, 2011
|American, After Jacques Louis David's "Madame Recaumier", 1900, Watercolor on ivory, Gift of Lewis Hoyer Rabbage, 1995.62.20|
For most of its history, miniature painting has been associated with portraiture. Yet at different times during the past two centuries - and particularly during the Miniature Revival movement of the twentieth century - artists experimented with other types of subject matter, challenging themselves to adapt landscapes, still lives, and narrative paintings into smaller-scale formats. This installation brings together a diverse selection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century miniatures, from a rare, full-length nude to exotic landscape views to prize-winning pooches. In particular, it showcases the work of Rosina Cox Boardman, an influential artist, teacher, and leader of the 20th Century American Miniature Revival movement, who
continually pushed the boundaries of what a miniature could represent.