Art History

Art Reflections

Celebrate America with Great American Art

As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, we want to celebrate America by shining a light on some of the great American art featured on Our nation has contributed amazing works of art, especially during the turn of the 20th century. Now, as we celebrate the accomplishments of our country, perhaps you can honor one of these fine painters with a piece of their art in your home.

Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper was a famous realist painter known for his stark depictions of urban and rural life. He used perfectly composed geometric shapes and empty space in his setting to show the emotional impact of isolated moments. Figurative works often only included a solitary person, or at most a couple, that illustrated the subtle interaction of the characters and their environment more than with each other.

Some of our favorites by Edward Hopper:

Edward Hopper - Nighthawks, 1942 - Celebrate Great American Art

Nighthawks, 1942

Edward Hopper - Automat - Celebrate Great American Art


Edward Hopper - The Long Leg - Celebrate Great American Art

The Long Leg


Mary Cassett

Mary Cassett was a famous female painter during the Impressionist movement. Cassett’s favorite subjects were women, especially mothers and their children. As a result, she becomes famous for her ability to capture the intimate family moments with delicate colors and soft brushstrokes. As one of the three great ladies of Impressionism, Cassett was in good company with Marie Bracquemond and Berthe Morisot.

Some of our favorites by Mary Cassett:

Mary Cassatt - Breakfast in Bed - Celebrate Great American Art

Breakfast in Bed

Mary Cassatt - Les Coquelicots - Celebrate Great American Art

Les Coquelicots

Mary Cassatt - Children Playing on the Beach - Celebrate Great American Art

Children Playing on the Beach


Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole, a landscape painter who was born in England, but grew up in America, was one of the founders of the Hudson River School Art movement and was famous for his dreamy portrayal of the American wilderness. The painter found inspiration in some of the country’s most beautiful locations. The Hudson River Valley, the Catskill Mountains and Niagra Falls; each location captured in a beautiful and inspirational way.

Some of our favorites by Thomas Cole:

Thomas Cole - View on the Catskill--Early Autumn, 1837 - Celebrate Great American Art

View on the Catskill–Early Autumn

Thomas Cole - Clouds, 1838 - Celebrate Great American Art


Thomas Cole - The Mountain Ford, 1846 - Celebrate Great American Art

The Mountain Ford


George Wesley Bellows

George Wesley Bellows is one of the most famous Realist painters of the early 20th century. This artist proved capable of capturing the unique character, unconventional beauty, and undeniably grittiness of New York City. While many of his paintings depict urban studies showing chaotic crowds and neighborhoods; he depicted these scenes of grime and roughness with great beauty, unlike many painters of the time.

Some of our favorites by George Wesley Bellows:

George Wesley Bellows - Stag Night at Sharkey's - Celebrate Great American Art

Stag Night at Sharkey’s

George Wesley Bellows - Dempsey and Firpo - Celebrate Great American Art

Dempsey and Firpo

George Wesley Bellows - Gramercy Park, 1920 - Celebrate Great American Art

Gramercy Park


Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer is another great painter of the Realism movement. He is best known for his landscapes and seascapes. In this fashion, he painted a number of works depicting the idealized version of rural life in American. His style is emotionally controlled and true to life, depicting the scene as he saw it in detail. Many of his works are done in oil paint, but he was also a talented illustrator and watercolor artist.

Some of our favorites by Winslow Homer:

Winslow Homer - Returning From The Spring

Returning From The Spring

Winslow Homer - On the Beach

On the Beach

Winslow Homer - On the Fence

On the Fence


These artists represent the creativity, ingenuity, and amazing skill that great American art posses. Furthermore, American artists capture our complex nature and help illustrate our history. Celebrate great American art and bring a little bit of America into your home with one of these exquisite, hand-painted pieces of art.

About the Author

Amanda graduated from the University of Kansas, where she studied English literature and got a masters degree in library sciences. She enjoys reading, cooking and playing with her nephews. Her best friend is her little dog Brady.