The Civil War and American Art
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 Civil War and American Art will be on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum until April 28, 2013. Please visit the website for more information.
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