A range of unusual and provocative art dating back to the American Civil War will be displayed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., from now until April of next year, reports The Associated Press.
The collection will feature paintings and photographs from renowned artists including Winslow Homer, Frederic Church, Eastman Johnson and Sanford Gifford, many of which depict an alternative side of life during the historic conflict. The work will remain at the Smithsonian until April, at which point it will be displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
"Photographs from Antietam make it stunningly impossible for anyone associated with the New York art world to make romantic pictures of the war because they look like lies," Eleanor Jones Harvey, the collection's curator, told the news source. "There's a realization that this is a war that left nobody unscathed. As a result, as rich as you are, there is no insulation from the impact of the war."
According to the exhibition's official website, "The Civil War and American Art" features 57 paintings and 18 vintage photographs. In addition to the striking landscapes captured by Homer and Gifford, many of the images on display at the collection reveal the horror and bloodshed of the battlefields themselves, and many of the photographs displayed in the collection have never been seen before.
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