R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

Friday - The Delaware Art Museum

Friday Rani was spending the afternoon with her mom so I took the opportunity to visit the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, which via Septa is only about an hour and a half train ride from Willow. Not bad. The museum is about a 2.5 miles from the station, but it was a nice day out so I ended up walking it. I really enjoyed the museum, which focuses primarily on American art but also has a stellar Pre-Raphaelite collection.

American works of interest are listed below, and pieces which especially caught my eye are signified in bold:

Benjamin West – The Return of Tobias
Unknown Artist – Anna Walraven
John F. Francis – Still Life with Grapes and Peaches
Severin Roesen – Still Life with Fruit
Thomas Doughty – Landscape
Robert Walter Weir – Indian Captives, Massachusetts 1650
Asher Brown Durand – Classical Landscape
Frederic Church – South American Landscape
Edward Moran – Untitled
Edwin Howland Blashfield – Vintage Festival
Kenyon Cox – Study for “Tradition”
William Hicok Low – Frontispiece
Albert Ryder – By the Tomb of the Prophet
William Anderson Coffin – Evening, Somerset Valley, Penn.
Elihu Vedder – Solfatara near Porto d’Anzio
George Inness – Early Autumn, Montclair
Jefferson David Chalfant – The Old Violin
Frank Duveneck – Munich Girl
Kenyon Cox - (Study for Bowdoin College Mural)
Mary Lizzie Macomber – Rosamond the Fair
Thomas Wilmer Dewing – Morning
Abbott Handerson Thayer – The Old Lion
Violet Oakley – Hamlet and the Tempest
Paul Cadmus – Fidelma
N.C. Wyeth – The Springhouse
Andrew Wyeth – Tenant Farmer
Israel Bishop – Dante and Virgil in Union Square

The museum also had a wonderful exhibit on American illustration work. On display were many wonderful pieces from Howard Pyle, who was a popular artist for Harper’s Magazine during the early 20th century. Other illustrators featured in this exhibit were N.C. Wyeth, Frank Earle Schoonover, William Henry Dethlef Koerner, Stanley Massey Arthurs, Harold Matthews Brett, Albin Henning, Frank Xavier Leyendecker, and George Watson Barratt.

And last but not least we have the Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection of Pre- Raphaelite Works. Artists on display included Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Albert Moore, Edmund Burne-Jones, John Everett Millais, Ford Madox Brown, Charles Fairfax Murray, Frederick Sandys, George Wilson, Simeon Solomon, Edward Robert Hughes, and Aelfred Fahey. Seriously, for anyone with an interest in this particular movement in art, this is like dying on and going to Pre-Raphaelite heaven. Just a really neat collection.

The museum had a couple other interesting exhibits, but alas I only had two hours before I had to start heading back to the station for my ride back to Willow Grove. It was a very enjoyable afternoon. That evening Rani and I split another cheese pizza from her favorite restaurant up the street from her mum's.

Tags: summer vacation 2012
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