Eastman Johnson, The Girl I Left Behind Me, ca. 1872, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible in part by Mrs. Alexander Hamilton Rice in memory of her husband and by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.79
The Civil War and American Art, 2012
My mind her full image retains
Whether asleep or awaken'd
hope to see my jewel again
For her my heart is breaking.
Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
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.
The Girl I Left Behind Me
- ca. 1872
- On View
42 x 34 7/8 in. (106.7 x 88.7 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase made possible in part by Mrs. Alexander Hamilton Rice in memory of her husband and by Ralph Cross Johnson
- Figure female
- Landscape – weather – wind
- History – United States – Civil War
- State of being – emotion – fear
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