Mythology of the West in American Art, 1830-1940

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, September 28, 2007 – January 10, 2008
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, February 13 – May 18, 2008
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Marseille, June 10 – August 3, 2008

The grandiose and violent story of the discovery and conquest of the West, its fierce resistance and its dreamlike landscapes, already a legend before it was over, is a pillar of American civilization. Extraordinary art works about the West appeared from the beginning of the 19th century, most unknown to this day in Europe. Even in the United States, this work is marginalized by art historians and is not present in the classic fine arts museums.

Thomas Moran, Bridal Veil Fall, Yosemite Valley, 1904, Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Huntington Harris