The Heckscher Museum of Art is pleased to present Mirrored Images: Realism in the 19th and 20th Centuries. On view from December 8 through March 24, 2013 this exhibition is drawn exclusively from the Museum’s Permanent Collection and reveals the enduring appeal of the observed world as a source of artistic inspiration.
Throughout the history of art, artists have turned to the observed world as a source of inspiration. Mirrored Images explores the various realist movements of the 19th and 20th Centuries, beginning with the Barbizon movement in mid-19th century France and the concurrent Hudson River School in America, and progressing through later 19th-century realism and 20th-century realist movements, such as the Ashcan School, American Scene painting, Magic Realism, Photorealism, and East End (Long Island) realism. Figure painting, portraiture, landscape and still life painting by Jean-Desire-Gustave Courbet, Eugene Boudin, Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Eakins, Thomas Anshutz, John Sloan, Raphael