A new exhibition on Civil War era paintings opens today at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
“The Civil War and American Art” examines how America’s artists represented the impact of the Civil War and its aftermath. The exhibition follows the conflict from palpable unease on the eve of war, to heady optimism that it would be over with a single battle, to a growing realization that this conflict would not end quickly and a deepening awareness of issues surrounding emancipation and the need for reconciliation. Genre and landscape painting captured the transformative impact of the war, not traditional history painting.
The first video is an overview, but the embed used here includes six more videos on individual paintings that follow automatically. Enjoy.