The American schools of the 19th and early 20th century are largely neglected by multimillionaires. These days, some artists of those eras are more affordable than even a decade ago.
Excepting the superstars — Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, Maurice Brazil Prendergast — the field remains wide open. Prices can sink below $20,000. All that is required is the shedding of the strange prejudice against artists whose links to European culture are obvious, like much else in America until World War I. Oddly, such prejudice does not affect the mahogany furniture turned out by 18th-century cabinet-makers from Philadelphia that so closely resemble the English Georgian models — these can fetch millions.
But when the talk is about some fine landscapes, buyers suddenly lose their capacity for enthusiasm.
Consider the Wednesday