An introduction to the history of American prints from James McNeill Whistler and Winslow Homer to Andy Warhol and Kara Walker
Three Centuries of American Prints from the National Gallery of Art highlights the three major movements in American art and print history in nearly 200 masterful prints from the Colonial era to the present day. More than 100 artists are represented, ranging from Paul Revere to James McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, George Bellows, Romare Bearden, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Chuck Close, and Kara Walker. Twelve contributing authors explore varied themes in American art. Biographies of the artists and a glossary of printmaking terms are also featured.
Since its opening in 1941, the National Gallery of Art has assiduously collected American prints with the help of many generous donors. The Gallery's American print collection has grown from nearly 1,900 prints in 1950 to some 22,500 prints today.