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American Art

The CU Art Museum owns a diverse array of American art, including 19th and 20th century paintings, drawings, prints, and photography, as well as contemporary art.

Significant 19th century works include the Hudson River School painter, Jasper Cropsey, and landscape painters George Inness and Charles Partridge Adams. American art also contains examples of early 20th century paintings by Ashcan School painter, John Sloan, and pioneering American modernist, Marsden Hartley. WPA-era art from Colorado and the southwest is also richly represented, including santos and bultos from the 1930s and examples of art from the Taos school.

The collection also contains a number of 19th century and modernist photographs by artists such as Paul Strand and Philippe Halsman, as well as a wide-array of contemporary works by American artists such as Sol LeWitt, Elizabeth Murray, and John Baldessari.

[+]Hale Woodruff, American (1900-1980)
c. 1930-35 (detail)
watercolor on paper
14 x 19 1/2 inches

Gift of Francis Wolle in memory of Muriel Sibell Wolle, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado at Boulder
(c) Estate of Hale Woodruff / Elnora, Inc. Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York City

[+]George Innes, American (1825-1894)
Italian Landscape
c. 1872
oil on canvas
18 x 26 inches

Gift of John M. Stratton, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado at Boulder
(c) CU Art Museum

[+]Eve Drewelowe, American (1899-1988)
The Tetons--Wyoming
oil on canvas
32 1/8 x 37 7/8 inches

Gift of Mary Rogers Thoms, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado at Boulder
(c) The Drewelowe Collection, University of Iowa