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Set Description and Contents:
As the American style developed in the eighteenth century, distinctively American artists began to emerge. Introduce your students to the first dynasty of American art: the Peale family. Learn how this family of artists lived and made a name for themselves painting portraits, including miniatures, landscapes, and still lifes in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
12 Digital Images with Teacher Support
Digital Images in Projection, Screen, and Thumbnail Sizes
- Peale Family Tree
- Early American Art Background
- Artist Background
- Art Criticism Questions
- Describe and Analyze
- Review Questions
Classroom Activities and Handouts
- Historical information about each artist and artwork
- Cultural context to support art history and art appreciation programs
- Connections to other influential artists and styles
- Bibliography and Web Resources
- Art Criticism Questions
- Vocabulary Worksheets
- Artist Summaries
- Artist Biographies
- Family Tree
Artists and Sample Text
Sample Cultural Background:
By 1750 , the American style began to change with the first influx of European artists, mainly from England. These academically trained artists were aware of the more current stylistic trends and techniques of painting. They also brought with them a group of stock poses and attitudes in portraiture. This, in addition to the more sophisticated taste of American patrons explains why the late Baroque style was so enthusiastically embraced by colonial patrons. Eventually, the European courtly tradition combined with the American fondness for realism to create a distinct American style.
Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827)
When he returned to America his mature style had already formed, based primarily on close observation of the sitter, and Peale's innate ability to evoke the sitter's personality.
James Peale (1749-1831)
Around 1810 James abandoned miniature painting in favor of large scale portraits and still life. At the time, still life was considered an inferior subject matter in comparison to history painting and portraiture.
Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860)
After his first two trips to Europe, Rembrandt's portrait style changed noticeably. This reflects the influence of early 19th century British portraiture by such artists as Henry Raeburn, Thomas Lawrence and George Romney.
Raphaelle Peale (1774-1825)
Compared to his uncle James, Raphaelle emphasized still life subjects almost entirely the last ten years of his life. .
Anna Claypoole Peale (1791-1878)
Anna Claypoole Peale, as a member of the first American artistic dynasty, played an important role in the cultural development of Philadelphia in the early 19th century. .
Charles Peale Polk (1767-1822)
Charles' style, although dependent on the training by his uncle, never ac