From Winslow Homer to Georgia O’Keeffe traces a century of the modern creative spirit in the United States, ranging from realistic landscapes to bold abstract forms. Fifty-five works by American masters—including Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Helen Frankenthaler—span the 1860s through the 1960s. Nineteenth-century landscapes and portraits set the stage for light-filled scenes by the American Impressionists. Carefully structured cityscapes by the American Modernists give way to Cubist-inspired works, and, finally, to colorful experimental paintings by the Abstract Expressionists.
The exhibition honors the vision of Duncan Phillips, who transformed his private collection into America’s first museum dedicated to modern art. All works in the exhibition are drawn from The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., which Phillips established in 1921, just six years before Charles and Anna Taft bequeathed their own collection and home to the people of Cincinnati, founding the Taft Museum of Art.