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Meet the Masters

Grade Five

ARTIST: PRINT:

ANONYMOUS

MISSISSIPPI HOME GARBISCH COLLECTION

Americana Date: circa 1865 Size: Unknown Medium: Unknown

PRINT - Primitive American artists, like the anonymous artist of this painting, were untrained and often painted to preserve a special event in their lives. Distortions in perspective, proportion and placement often resulted. Yet the artist's sympathetic handling of the subject serves as a valuable source of historic material.

In the South, building an imposing mansion to replace the original cabin or farmhouse was a sign of success and wealth. Between 1820 and 1860, the most frequent architectural style in these mansions was Greek Revival. This style adapted the temples of Periclean Athens to the needs of the nineteenth century.

This picture depicts the people, activities, and costumes characteristic of their time. The four people on the front lawn are seen playing a game of croquet while another couple watch. Horse drawn buggies are passing by the Manor house. In the distance a steamboat is seen cruising down the Mississippi River.

It is interesting to note that Currier and Ives produced a lithograph entitled, A Home on the Mississippi, which is very similar to this print, Mississippi Home.

PORTFOLIO B PAIRED WITH:

O'KEEFFE RANCHOS CHURCH O’KEEFFE YELLOW CACTUS

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