The Opening reception will be held on Friday, November 9, 6 - 8pm. The reception is free to the public.

The arts have an undeniable place in the ethos of American patriotism. Dating back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries, artists have been showing the America they experienced and observed. This exhibition will feature the different forms in which artists have expressed their patriotism.

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center will be showcasing; N.C. Wyeth: Poems & Paintings of American Patriotism, Norman Rockwell's Saturday Evening Post Covers & Four Freedoms and a collection of illustrated sheet music covers from World War I.

N.C. Wyeth: Poems & Paintings of American Patriotism
Above: N.C. Wyeth The Old Continentals, 1922 oil on canvas 40 x 28 1/8 inches Courtesy of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Collection of The Hill School, Pottstown, PA

Right: N.C. Wyeth Paul Revere, 1922 (Paul Revere's Ride) oil on canvas 40 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches Courtesy of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Collection of The Hill School, Pottstown, PA

N.C. Wyeth: Poems & Paintings of American Patriotism is organized by the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine.
In 1922, famed American illustrator Newell Convers (N.C.) Wyeth was commissioned to illustrate a new edition of Brander Matthews' "Poems of American Patriotism," a compilation of poems by various American authors first published in 1882. Matthews' book was what he described as a "history of America as told by her poets." This exhibit includes the surviving 16 of 17 N.C. Wyeth paintings (one was destroyed in a fire), generously lent by The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Wyeth's paintings breathe life into poems that depict feelings, as well as describe actions, of the pivotal moments of American history.

Norman Rockwell: Saturday Evening Post Covers and Four Freedoms
From the American Illustrators Gallery in New York, see Norman Rockwell's most iconic work, the 323 Saturday Evening Post covers, compelling portrayals of everyday life, created between the years 1916 and 1963. In addition to the Rockwell Post covers, on display will be his Four Freedoms posters.

Inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt's famous Four Freedoms speech delivered to Congress on the eve of World War II, Norman Rockwell created four paintings depicting simple family scenes, illustrating freedoms Americans often take for granted. Living through one of the most eventful periods in this nation's history, Rockwell's illustrations served as a reflection of what millions of Americans thought and felt.

Norman Rockwell: Four Freedoms, 1943. Courtesy of the Archives of American Illustrators Gallery, Collection of the National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI.

WWI Illustrated Sheet Music
Sheet music often reflects the popular culture and social values of the times. Lyrics and sheet music covers were often designed to influence public opinion. Many World War I covers could be mistaken for political cartoons. For example, a piece titled America Here's My Boy, shows a man in uniform standing valiantly with his stoic mother in front of an outline of the United States. Bonus Blues expresses the frustrations of the financial bonuses promised to the millions of soldiers returning from Europe.

Holiday Triptych provides a multifaceted visual language of the enduring American and will be on view from November 10, 2018 - January 27, 2019.
Please note, N.C. Wyeth: Poems & Paintings of American Patriotism will be closing early on December 30, 2018.

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