Trivium Art HistoryThe World of Art

United States

Projections of determination

Aaron Douglas

1899-1979

"Art-as-art and nothing else"

Ad Reinhardt

1913-1967

Different times require different images

Adolph Gottlieb

1903-1974

How to paint faster than you can think

Alex Katz

1927-

The unblinking anxiety of modern life

Alice Neel

1900-1984

Tackling abstraction at 75

Alma Thomas

1891-1978

The prince of pop

Andy Warhol

1928-1987

Artist turns modernism into equal rights activism

Anne Goldthwaite

1869-1944

Staring down the present moment

Barnett Newman

1905-1970

Grow the ability to see

Brice Marden

1938-

The 'new woman' in painting

Cecilia Beaux

1855-1942

Beyond the grid

Charmion von Wiegand

1896-1983

Painting with knives

Clyfford Still

1904-1980

The power of the scribble

Cy Twombly

1928-2011

Iconic photographer bar None

Dorothea Lange

1895-1965

Exploring the strange world of dreams

Dorothea Tanning

1910-2012

A pacifist paints lions and leopards

Edward Hicks

1780-1849

Writer, teacher, and a natural painter

Elaine de Kooning

1918-1989

Deconstructing the visible

Ellsworth Kelly

1923-2015

Non-competitive art for the literati, gay and polyglot

Florine Stettheimer

1871-1944

The theater of sun, sky and mountains

Frederic Edwin Church

1826-1900

Sometimes a flower is just a flower

Georgia O'Keeffe

1887-1986

Elevating photography to emotional portraiture

Gertrude Käsebier

1852-1934

Modern Day Polymath

Gordon Parks

1912-2006

A freed slave tells stories in quilts.

Harriet Powers

1837-1910

The joy of pure color

Helen Frankenthaler

1928-2011

A quiet man transcends racism to bring art back to religion

Henry Ossawa Tanner

1859-1937

A lesson in making enemies

James McNeill Whistler

1834-1903

Sentimentality and Colonialism

Jennie Augusta Brownscombe

1850-1936

Embracing the iconography of childhood

Jim Dine

1935-

Art as competitive sport

Joan Mitchell

1925-1992

Who was Joshua Johnson?

Joshua Johnson

1763-1824

Cocoons, totems and twins

Judith Scott

1943-2005

"I have built an ivory tower of despair"

Kay Sage

1898-1963

Insomnia and aggressive painting

Lee Krasner

1908-1984

Humor, sex, and a new camera

Man Ray

1890-1976

Spirituality comes first, cult status second

Marsden Hartley

1877-1943

The unflinching embrace of motherhood

Mary Cassatt

1844-1926

African-American Chippewa woman takes over sculpture

Mary Edmonia Lewis

1844-1907

Making your own way to contribute to culture

Norman Lewis

1909-1979

The inventor of the selfie

Robert Cornelius

1809-1893

Painting as experience

Robert Motherwell

1915-1991

Blowing up modernism

Robert Rauschenberg

1925-2008

Relationships with physical landscape

Robert Smithson

1938-1973

Fiercely independent lesbian paints Paris in shades of gray

Romaine Brooks

1874-1970

Five kids, a farm, and dizzying allegory

Thomas Cole

1801-1848

America's uncompromising realist

Thomas Eakins

1844-1916

Transcend criticism by embracing solitude

Winslow Homer

1836-1910

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