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THE NARRATIVE IMPULSE

IN AMERICAN ART

a personal selection

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This section is dedicated to lesser known examples of American painting that explore narrative structures. I was disconcerted that, visiting America, art students had only the sketchiest awareness of their own art history. Researching FORTUNE magazine made me aware of the astonishing richness of artists' narratives responding to the complexities of their Society. All the sale catalogues are in my own Library. the scholarship expended on each work of art is formidable. and also deserves to be better known. Students will recognise many from lectures at Norwich and Brighton. Several have been used in lectures on the images of FORTUNE magazine. I have had a warm welcome not least from students in American Art Schools long used to the primacy of Abstraction.

 

A

JAMES ALLEN, The Connectors, print
JAMES ALLEN, The Builders, etching 1933
JOHN ATHERTON, The Black Horse , 1942
MILTON AVERY, Steeplechase 1929
JOHN TAYLOR ARMES, Gates of the City 1922

B

PEGGY BACON , The Whitney Studio Club (Frenzied Effort) 1925
PEGGY BACON , The Social Graces
JOHN BAEDER , '56 Plymouth 1963
ROBERT BECHTLE , Pullman 1974
ROBERT BECHTLE , Roses 1973
J.C.BECKWITH , Portrait of William Walton 1886
GERARDO BELFIORE, Mid City 1937
GEORGE BELLOWS , Wounded Soldier on the Road to Berlin c1915
GEORGE BELLOWS , The Picnic 1924
GEORGE BENEKER , Building Manhattan Bridge
THOMAS HART BENTON, Blast Furnace, West Pennsylvania, c1928, Wounded Soldier on the Road to Berlin c1915
THOMAS HART BENTON, Poker Night 1948 after Streetcar
THOMAS HART BENTON, America today, mural, 1930
PAUL BERENT, South Avenue El, 1936-7
LEON BIBEL , Red Hot Franks 1938
GEORGE BIDDLE , Society Freed through Justice, mural
ALBERT BIERSTADT , Jenny Lake Wyoming after 1881
ALBERT BIERSTADT , Moonli Landscape
GUY BILLOUT, Detour , 1982
RALPH BLAKELOCK, The Artist's Garden c 1880
LUCIENNE BLOCH, Land of Plenty, woodcut 1935
ERNEST BLUMENSCHEIN, Taos Valley 1933
PETER BLUME, Vegetable Dinner
DAVID GILMOUR BLYTHE , Land of Liberty 1859, Irishman and Cigar Store Indian
AARON BOHROD, Landscape near Chicago 1934
GUY PENE DU BOIS, Solitaire 1943
GUY PENE DU BOIS, Country Wedding 1929
GUY PENE DU BOIS, Ladies of Fashion Fourteenth Street
RUTHERFORD BOYD , Shanghai Express c1932
ROSS EUGENE BRAUGHT,Dead Chestnut
NICHOLAS ALDEN BROOKS, Dollar on the First Race, Saratoga still life
ROGER BROWN, Tourists Beware 1985
ROGER BROWN, War Zone 1971 1985
CHARLES BURCHFIELD, Rainy Night 1930
CHARLES BURCHFIELD, Summer Rain 1916

C

PAUL CADMUS, Study for a David and Goliath
PAUL CADMUS, The Fleet's In!
PAUL CADMUS, Coney Island 1935
ALEXANDER CALDER , Circus 1926-1931
ALEXANDER CALDER , studio photograph
JOHN MARTIN CAMPBELL, photograph Prairie House 1
JOHN MARTIN CAMPBELL, photograph Prairie House 2
LEONORA CARRINGTON, Ab Eo. Quod 1956
CLARENCE HOLBROOK CARTER, Girls I have Known, 1933
CLARENCE HOLBROOK CARTER, Wheeling Steel Mill Portsmouth Ohio1955
CLARENCE HOLBROOK CARTER Springtime in Pittsburgh 1939
ALFREDO CASTANEDA , Requiem for a Friend 1982
FEDERICO CASTELLON Spanish Landscape, litho., 1938
RICHARD CHIRIANI, Morning in the Cleveland Flats, 1979
CARROLL CLOAR , The Lightning that struck Rufo Barcliff 1955
THOMAS COLE , Prometheus Bound 1846-7
MAXIMILIEN COLIN , Woman in an interior 1890-1
GEORGE COPE , The Hunter's Equipment still life 1891
JOSEPH CORNELL , Object (Roses des Vents) 1942
JOSEPH CORNELL , The Sister Shades, front and back 1942
JOSEPH CORNELL , La Favorite 1948
RALSTON CRAWFORD , New Orleans Cemetery 1960
RALSTON CRAWFORD , New Hope Station 1932
RALSTON CRAWFORD , Nacelles under Construction 1945-6
RALSTON CRAWFORD , First Avenue 1954
RALSTON CRAWFORD , Third Avenue El 1954
RALSTON CRAWFORD , Third Avenue El , Number 3 studies 1952
FRANCIS CRISS, Alma Sewing c1940
FRANCIS CRISS, Bird of Prey
FRANCIS CRISS, Astor Place 1932
DOUGLAS CROCKWELL Paper Workers, 1934
ROBERT CRUMB Street Corner Daze 1968 two images

 

D

STUART DAVIS Colonial Cubism 1954
STUART DAVIS Two Figures and EL
STUART DAVIS Odol 1926
STUART DAVIS Chinatown 1912
STUART DAVIS Jefferson Market
STUART DAVIS Study for Men without Women 1932
STUART DAVIS Art Space No.1
STUART DAVIS Still
STUART DAVIS Study for Package Deal 1946 (for FORTUNE)
ADOLPH DEHN, We Nordics, 1931 litho
CHARLES DEMUTH Three Plays Stockbridge
THOMAS JAMES DELBRIDGE Lower Manhattan
CHARLES DELLSCHAU Recollections 1900
PRESTON DICKINSON , Landscape with High Bridge 1922
ALICE DINEEN, Black Panther
WILLARD DIXON,Fair Hills 1985
STEVEN DOHANOS The Hardware Store (for SEP November 1951)
STEVEN DOHANOS The Lost Shoe 1946
STEVEN DOHANOS Tired Museum Feet 1956
STEVEN DOHANOS Farm House Toys,
ARTHUR DOVE Italy Goes to War 1940
ARTHUR DOVE The Critic 1925
ARTHUR DOVE Lattice and awning 1941
ELSIE DRIGGS Pittsburgh 1927
ELSIE DRIGGS Aeroplane 1928
CHARLES DEMUTH, The Striped Blazer
MABEL DWIGHT Museum Guard

E

THOMAS EAKINS Salutat 1898
JULIA Eckel Radio Broadcast
RICHARD ESTES Place Vendome 1986
RICHARD ESTES Ice Cream 1976
PHILIP EVERGOOD Lily and the Sparrows 1939

F

REMO FERUGGIO , Street Scene, WPA
LYONEL FEININGER , Road of Trees 1915
LOUISE FEITELSON , Genesis 2, 1934
LYONEL FEININGER, Road of Trees 1915.
SEYMOUR FOGEL, The Security of the People mural section
ARTHUR FROST, The Circus is in Town
JARED FRENCH Woman and Boys 1944
JARED FRENCH State Park 1946
LILY FUREDI, Subway

 

G

ALBERT GALATIN , Room Space
WANDA GAG, Whodunit? print
JOHN GAST, American progress 1872
WILLIAM GLACKENS, The Green Car 1910
CHARLES GOELLER , Third Avenue
GOLDBECK STUDIO , Group photo in the shape of a Heart , Hawaii 1926 - and the plan
GOLDBECK STUDIO , Group Photo in letter forms Peacock Military College (PMC) 1921 San Antonio Texas
ARSHILE GORKY Newark Airport Mural and reseach images ,
ADOLPH GOTTLIEB , South Ferry Waiting Room c1929
JACK GREITZER, memory (WPA)
  WILLIAM GROPPER, The Law Makers
WILLIAM GROPPER, Tycoon 1954
LOUIS GUGLIELMI, Hague Street (WPA)
LOUIS GUGLIELMI, Mental Geography
PHILIP GUSTON, Untitled 1969 (artist at easel)
PHILIP GUSTON, Untitled 1980

H

JOHN HABERLE, A Bachelor's Drawer 1890-1894
SAMUEL HALPERT, Downtown 1922
DUANE HANSON, Security Guard
HENANIAH HARARI, Carnival 1939
HENANIAH HARARI, City Signs
WILLIAM HARNETT Still life with Pipe, Newspaper and Tobacco Pouch 1877
MARSDEN HARTLEY Musical Theme no 1 Bach 1912
CHILDE HASSAM The Mackaye Spectatorium 1893
CHILDE HASSAM The Rose Garden 1888
EDWARD JOHNSON HEADE Salt Marsh, Hay, 1870
EDWARD LAMSON HENRY The Artist's Comments on Women's Hats 1894 4 panels
STEFAN HIRSCH Excavation 1926
CLAUDE RAGUET HIRST Lord Chesterfield's Letters , still life

ANTHONY HOLDSWORTH Five O Clock Shadow 1990

WINSLOW HOMER, Girl in a farmyard
EDWARD HOPPER Dawn in Pennsylvania 1942
EDWARD HOPPER Night Hawks1942
EDWARD HOPPER Night on the El Train
EARL HORTER, Building the Chrysler Building 1931
WILLIAM HORTON La Plage Whitby 1913

I

GEORGE INNES, Sunset, Golden Glow
WILSON IRVINE, The Carousel Brittany c1923

J

HARRY JACKSON two figures, Dog Soldier, Two Champs
HARRY JACKSON two figures, working model for a Monument, Washakie Two Champs
YVONNE JACQUETTE Flatiron Intersection 1975
YVONNE JACQUETTE Little River Farm 1979
JOE JONES, American Justice Flatiron Intersection 1975

K

JOHN KANE, The Monongehela River Valley 1931
ALEX KATZ , The Table
OTIS KAYE, What a Hit! still life
OTIS KAYE, Specimen Treasury Department 1939 still life
OTIS KAYE, Help Stamp Out Poverty still life
KEN KEELEY , Bayles Dock 1985
PAUL KELPE, Mechanical Abstraction c1930
PAUL KELPE, Man and Machinery 1934
PAUL KELPE, Machinery (Abstract 2)1934
PAUL KELPE, Man and Machinery 36 1934
ROCKWELL KENT, Garden at Oak Ridge Virginia
ED KEINHOLZ, Sollie 17 , 1979-80
ED KEINHOLZ, The Last Buffalo from Worley 1986
WILLEM DE KOONING , design for World Fair Mural, Hall of Pharmacy 1937
LEON KROLL, Bryant Park 1916
WALT KUHN , Girl with Plume 1939
WALT KUHN, Self Portrait as Clown 1932

L

FITZ HUGH LANE Lumber Schooners at Evening
FITZ HUGH LANE Owl's Head, Maine 1862
ARMIN LANDECK Manhattan Nocturne 1938
ELLEN LANYON Elevated Night 1947
JACOB LAWRENCE Ices, 1960
JACOB LAWRENCE Going Home, Masked Ball , both 1946
JOSEPH LEBOIT, Tranquillity 1936
DORIS LEE Helicopter litho 1948
EMIL LEUTZE Washington Crossing the Delaware
HAYLEY LEVER Flags, French English Commission
DAVID LEVINE Joy Ride 1982
HAYLEY LEVER, Bathing Beach, Gloucester
MARTIN LEWIS, Shadow Magic
MARTIN LEWIS, Sunbath c1935
MARTIN LEWIS, two prints, Boss of the Block 1928, and Haunted 1932
MARTIN LEWIS, Quarter of Noon, Saturday's Children
EDMUND LEWANDOWSKI Lifeboat,1980 - Steel Structures 1982
JOSEPH C LEYENDECKER New Year Baby for Saturday Evening Post 1917
RICHARD LINDNER, The Street 1965
RICHARD LINDNER, Telephone 1966
LOUIS LOZOWICK New York c1923
LOUIS LOZOWICK Still Life with Guitar Number 1
LOUIS LOZOWICK Lynching, litho., 1936
GEORGE LUKS The Bersagliere 1918
HELEN LUNDEBERG , Eyes 1938

M

BORIS MARGO Homage to Bosch 1935
KYRA MARKHAM, Night Club, litho 1935
KYRA MARKHAM, The Fit Yourself Shop, litho 1935
REGINALD MARSH Grain Elevator 1921
REGINALD MARSH Reading in Times Square 1938
REGINALD MARSH Twenty Four Vignettes 1953
REGINALD MARSH New York Street Scene
ALFRED MAURER Abstract Head c1920
ALFRED MAURER Two Blond Heads c1920
JOHN MCLELLAN Entrapped 1936
JOHN MCLELLAN Panic 1937 litho
JOHN MCLELLAN Cubism 1958 litho
WILLIAM MCCLOSKEY Wrapped oranges, c1890
MARY BLOOD MELLEN Shipwreck on the Beach
ALFRED JACOB MILLER, Girl Swinging
RICHARD MILLER, L'Heure de l'Aperatif, Cafe de Nuit
CLAIRE MAHL MOORE, Factory Industry 1937
WALTER MURCH Still life with Lemons and Potato
WALTER MURCH Door Lock 1963
WALTER MURCH Still Life 1945
GERALD MURPHY , Cocktail 1927
GERALD MURPHY , Razor 1924

N

ELIE NADELMAN, Tango c1929
LLOYD R. NEY, History of New London (WPA)
DALE NICHOLS, Death in the Wheatfields 1937

O

GEORGIA O'KEEFE Ranchos Church c 1930
ALFONSO OSSORIO, Birth , wax 1949

P

MAXFIELD PARRISH Seein' things at night, 1905
MAXFIELD PARRISH Wild Geese 1923
MAXFIELD PARRISH The Philosopher, The Farmer 1909
MAXFIELD PARRISH Study for the Du Pont Mural 1932
MAXFIELD PARRISH Spring 1936
MAXFIELD PARRISH Sun Up 1942
WILLIAM PAXTON The White Verandah 1902
CHARLES WILSON PEALE , Staircase Group 1795
RAPHAELE PEALE , Venus Rising from the Sea 1823
BERNARD PERLIN, Mayor Daley 1968
CARL W PETERS, From a Window , 1925/6
CARL W PETERS, Old Gloucester Canal Wharf
JANE PETERSON , Lunar Park c1918
JOHN F PETO, Lincoln and the Star of David Sun Up 1904
JOHN F PETO, Still life with Mug, Pipe and Oyster Crackers c1880-1890
JOHN F PETO, Still life with Mug, Pipe and Oyster Crackers c1880-1890
JOHN F PETO, Old Companions 1904
JOSEPH PENNELL Bringing Home the Heroes after the Zeppelin Explosion
MARJORIE PHILLIPS Night Baseball 1951
ALTON PICKENS, The Puppeteers 1954
CHARLES PRENDERGAST , Screen 1937
LEONARD PYTLAK, Up Town, 1935-1940

Q

WALTER QUIRT, Obeisance to Poverty 1936-8

R

WINOLD REISS, Black Prophet 1925
FREDERICK REMINGTON Evening on a Canadian Lake 1905
WILLIAM RIMMER Flight and Pursuit 1872
THEODORE ROBINSON Grand Columbian Exposition 1894
HARRY ROSELAND Coney island, Beach Scene
HARRY ROSELAND Coney Island Night in Egypt 1932
NORMAN ROCKWELL Young Love Sledding 1949 and From Cradle to Grave 1946
NORMAN ROCKWELL Welder / Shuttlecar 1968
HUGO ROBUS Steam Shovel c 1920
THEODOR ROSZAK Early Leave
SANDRA MENDELSOHN RUBIN Grandview and palms 1989

S

JOHN SALT, Side Street Parking 1982
LUCAS SAMARAS , untitled sculpture (book with inserts) 1962
PAUL SAMPLE, Janitor's Holiday 1936
PAUL SAMPLE, Waiting 1935
PAUL SAMPLE, Speech near Brewery 1932
MORTON SCHAMBERG , Composition
PAT SCHAVERIEN, The Lobby 1978
JOHN SINGER SARGENT, Rehearsal of the Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Cirque D'Hiver c1879
JOHN SINGER SARGENT, Male Model resting oil study
JOHN SINGER SARGENT, study after El Jaleo
CHARLES SHEELER, Home Sweet Home 1931
CHARLES SHEELER, San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf 1956
CHARLES SHEELER, The Mill, Andover Mass., 1946
CHARLES SHEELER, Church Street El, 1920
CHARLES SHEELER, City Interior 1936
MILLARD SHEETS , Tenement Flats
EVERITT SHINN, The After Dinner Turn 1946
EVERITT SHINN, Ballet Dancer pastel 1929
SIMKA SIMKIVITCH , The Picnic, 1934-5
CLYDE SINGER , Malvern Hardware 1935
CLYDE SINGER , The Mozart (Canton) 1937
CLYDE SINGER , Spring time in the Valley 1936
CLYDE SINGER , The Communist Rally in Cleveland 1931
CLYDE SINGER , Stone's Service Station 1939
ERIC SLOANE , Connestoga Wagon, late 70's / Autumn Mosaic 1979
JOHN SLOAN , Monongahala River Valley 1936
JOHN SLOAN , The City from Greenwich Village 1922
JOHN SLOAN , Bleeker Street
MOSES SOYER , Employment Agency 1940
BENTON SPRUANCE , Forward Pass, Football, 1944
BENTON SPRUANCE , The People Work - night, lithograph 1937
JOSEPH STELLA, Machina Naturale no.7 c 1936 (collage)
JOSEPH STELLA, Play of Colors c1923
JOSEPH STELLA, The Amazon 1935/6 
JOSEPH STELLA, Dog on a Balcony, Paris
GALE STOCKWELL, Parkville Main Street
JOHN STORRS, Ceres, chrome and nickel statue 1928 -
JOHN STORRS, Sergent de ville,(Gendarme) plaster figure 1920
WALTER STUEMPFIG, Thunderstorm II 1948

T

WAYNE THIEBAUD, Corner Apartment 1979
EDGAR TOLSON, Temptation in the Garden of Eden, wooden figures c1968
GEORGE TOOKER, Supermarket 1973
GEORGE TOOKER, Highway 1953

U

 

V

STUYVESCENT VAN VEEN, Peace Conference, ink on paper 1932
ELIHU VEDDER, Fortuna, allegorical figure ?1881
ANTHONY VELONIS, 6.30 am 1938

W

MARTHA WALTER, The Promentary ,
MARTHA WALTER, The Bathers ,
LYND WARD , Company Town wood eng c1930
HARRY WATROUS, The Dregs , 1914
MAX WEBER , Chinese Restaurant 1915
MAX WEBER , New York, The Big Store 1925
MAX WEBER , Rush Hour, New York 1915
EDWIN LORD WEEKS, Palace and Lake, Sarkeh-Ahmedabad
PAUL WELLER, Sleeper, litho date unknown
H.C.WESTERMANN, illustrated letters
JOHN WHORF,Brooklyn Bridge
GRANT WOOD, Night Scene, National Oats, c1928
GRANT WOOD, Return from Bohemia 1935
GRANT WOOD, Seedtime and Harvest 1937
GRANT WOOD, Shrine Quartet 1939
GRANT WOOD, Woman with Plant, Mother in Law's Tongue 1929
GRANT WOOD, two prints, In the Spring and Approaching Storm 1939 and 1941
N.C.WYETH A Garden Meeting 1927 for Ladies Home Journal
N.C.WYETH The Magic Fire Spell c 1921
ANDREW.WYETH Gunport 1981

X Y Z

WILLIAM ZORACH, Yosemite Falls, 1920

 

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