Art of the Civil War: North and South

September 12, 2012
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Farnsworth Auditorium
The Civil War was depicted by painters, sculptors and photographers on both sides of the conflict. Northern artists, with greater access to art supplies, galleries, publications and other outlets, were more prolific and visible. Southern artists recorded battles—real or imagined—on land and sea, but had limited means to disseminate their work. The artwork conveyed the horrors of war to the home fronts on both sides. Ironically, one of the finest paintings of the war is by a French artist who never actually saw the sea battle he portrayed. In addition to wartime artwork, this lecture will examine the nation’s continuing fascination with the conflict through the work of such subsequent painters as Edward Hopper and sculptors John Rogers and Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
Lecturer Stephen May is an independent historian and writer about art, culture and history for national and regional magazines and newspapers. He divides his time between Washington, D.C. and Union, Maine.
The Capture of New Orleans during the Civil War, lithograph by L. Prang & Co., 1886, after J. O. Davidson, © prang/PoodlesRock/Corbis
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