Moonlight and Twilight in American Art

May 22 – July 25, 2003

Rockwell Kent (1882-1971)
Moonlight in the Adirondacks, circa 1960
Oil on Panel, 11 7/8 x 15 7/8 inches
Signed lower right: “Rockwell Kent”

Arthur B. Carles, Jr. (1882-1952)
Silence, circa 1908
Oil on canvas, 25 x 24 inches
Private collection

Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938)
November Moon, 1927
Watercolor on paper, 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
Collection of Susan and Herbert Adler

Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900)
July Sunset, 1847
Oil on canvas, 29 x 40 3/8 inches
Manoogian Collection

Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904)
Haystacks and Cattle at Sunset, circa 1860-62
Oil on Canvas, 10 1/4 x 18 1/8 inches
Collection of Dan Akerson

Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938)
Figure in Moonlight, 1897-98
Oil on wood panel, 65 1/8 x 23 inches

George Inness (1825-1894)
Early Moonrise in Florida, 1893
Oil on canvas, 24 3/8 x 36 1/4 inches
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester; George Eastman Collection of the University of Rochester

Charles Harold Davis (1856-1933)
All Hallow E’en, circa 1915
Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches
Signed lower left: “C. H. Davis.”

James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Nocturne, circa 1879-80
Etching, 8 x 11 1/2 inches
Signed lower left with butterfly monogram

Eduard Steichen (1879-1973)
Yellow Moon, 1909
Oil on canvas, 24 x 25 inches
Collection of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland. Gift of: Mrs. Conger Goodyear, Westbury, New York

Childe Hassam (1859-1935)
Sunset, Isle of Shoals, 1900
Oil on Canvas, 20 x 24 inches
Private Collection

Arthur G. Dove (1880-1946)
Sun and Moon, 1932
Oil on canvas, 18 1/4 x 21 3/4 inches
Curtis Galleries, Minneapolis, MN

Charles Burchfield (1893-1967)
Twilight Moon, August 4, 1916
Watercolor on paper, 20 x 14 inches
Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio: Museum Purchase, Howald Fund, 2002.021

Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900)
Twilight in the Valley, 1882
Oil on wood panel, 9 1/4 x 16 3/4 inches
Signed and dated lower left: "J. F. Cropsey 1882"

Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847-1919)
Sunset, circa 1870-1880
Oil on canvas, 20 1/16 x 12 inches
Signed lower right: “Blakelock”

Press Release

Hollis Taggart Galleries is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition, Dreams and Dramas: Moonlight and Twilight in American Art.  This exhibition brings together variations on the American landscape created by artists from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Dreams and Dramas: Moonlight and Twilight in American Art will explore the diverse theoretical, literary, and artistic conscripts of mood and tone set by this particularly evocative period of day.  Through carefully chosen works culled from important private collections, as well as museums and the gallery’s inventory, we will trace the evolution of this theme, beginning with the Hudson River School’s treatment of the sublime and Manifest Destiny, continuing with Tonalist aesthetics, and culminating with the distillation of these precepts in the work of the early modernists.

Artists represented in this exhibit will include Frederick Edwin Church, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Ralph Albert Blakelock, George Inness, James Abbot McNeill Whistler, Childe Hassam, Charles Harold Davis, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Charles E. Burchfield, Arthur B. Carles, Edward Steichen and Arthur Dove.

This exhibition will be organized by Hollis Taggart Galleries and Dr. Valerie Ann Leeds, the Adjunct Curator of American Art at the Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan, where she is currently at work on the forthcoming catalogue of the American collection.  Dr. Leeds, who has curated numerous exhibits, including the 1995 show “‘My People:’ The Portraits of Robert Henri” at the Orlando Museum of Art, will also author an essay for the fully illustrated color catalogue that will accompany the exhibition.