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Oct. 22 Art Minute: John George Brown, The Country Gallants

Art Minute, Art of the Week, toledo museum of art
John George Brown (American, 1831-1913) The Country Gallants. Oil on canvas, 1876. Purchased with funds from the Florence Scott Libbey Bequest in Memory of her Father, Maurice A. Scott, 1949.23. Gallery 29B.

As industrialization and urbanization changed the landscape and society in the mid-1800s, America’s past became the object of romantic nostalgia. Scenes of simple, idealistic rural life like this one were sought by middleclass city dwellers. Born in England, but settling in New York in 1853, John George Brown was one of the most successful painters of such sentimental scenes of everyday life in the late 19th century.

This works is currently on view in Gallery 29B at the Toledo Museum of Art.