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Meet the Masters

Grade Five

ARTIST: PRINT:

HENRY, EDWARD LAMSON

WEDDING IN THE 1830's HANLEY COLLECTION BRADFORD, PENNSYLVANIA

(1841-1919)

19th Century American Date: 1885 Size: Unknown Medium: Unknown

ARTIST - Edward Lawson Henry was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He studied in France under Courbet at the same time as Renoir and Monet. Henry returned to the United States in 1863 and for two years sketched realistic scenes of Civil War soldiers and encampments. After the war he set up a studio in New York and specialized in realistic historic paintings. His paintings successfully reconstructed moments of the past, frequently of the South before the Civil War.

PRINT - This painting depicts the departure of a bridal couple in the 1830's. Historical details in this painting include the Empire style clothing which was then fashionable in the South. Note also that the children were dressed exactly as their parents were. On the porch, the Ionic columns show that the architecture of the house was in the Greek Revival style. Henry was concerned with showing the humanity of the scene, careful attention is given to facial expressions and posture. The activity on the porch is mirrored in a semi-circle of slaves who are partially hidden in the foliage as they watch the festivities.

PORTFOLIO G PAIRED WITH:

WARHOL MARILYN MONROE

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