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The Museum Collection: C. Blake McDowell, Jr. Galleries
The art displayed in the McDowell Galleries features work from the Akron Art Museum collection from 1850 – 1950. The galleries are currently arranged according to three themes: In a Romantic Mood: Turn of the Twentieth Century Painting; The Modernist Approach: Northeast Ohio’s Artists and Collectors; and William Sommer: Master of Ohio’s Brandywine Valley.
In a Romantic Mood: Turn of the Twentieth Century Painting
At the end of the nineteenth century, many American artists retreated from the realities of the early modern era—with its burgeoning industry, crowded cities and devastating Civil War—and envisioned instead an American Eden. Bearing the heritage of author/naturalists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, artists found a sense of tranquility in the rural landscape. They often painted in a “tonalist” style, blurring forms and using a limited range of colors to enhance the meditative quality of their works. Some artists gave themselves over to a meloncholy
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