- The Girl I Left Behind Me
- ca. 1872
- 42 x 34 7⁄8 in. (106.7 x 88.7 cm.)
- lower right: E. Johnson frame verso upper left: The Girl I left behind me." frame verso upper left: 4365/x30 frame verso upper right in black chalk and pencil: x/44 frame verso top spacer in pencil: xxx
- Credit Line
- Museum purchase made possible in part by Mrs. Alexander Hamilton Rice in memory of her husband and by Ralph Cross Johnson
- Mediums Description
- oil on canvas
- Figure female — full length
- History — United States — Civil War
- Landscape — weather — wind
- Object — written matter — book
- Object Number
The Civil War and American Art, 2012
The Civil War defined America and forever changed American art. American artists of this era could not depict the conflict using the conventions of European history painting, which glamorized the hero on the battlefield. Instead, America's finest painters captured the transformative impact of the war. Through landscapes and genre paintings, these artists gave voice to the nation's highest ideals and deepest concerns — illustrating a time that has been described as the second American Revolution.
Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.