‘Pastoral Light: 19th Century Landscapes’ on display at New Bedford Art Museum

Linda Murphy

SouthCoast Today

August 11, 2020

NEW BEDFORD – “Pastoral Light: 19th Century Landscapes from the New Bedford Free Public Library’s Collection,” curated by Allie Copeland, will be on view at the New Bedford Art Museum Aug. 15 through Dec. 31.

This exhibition is produced in conjunction with DATMA’s summer programming.

In the 19th century, landscapes had become increasingly popular subjects for American artists, as the first industrial revolution meant more families living in urban centers looking for vicarious experiences in their art. This interest gave rise to “artist adventurers” like William Bradford, and allowed for the development of new movements in American art such as the Hudson River School painters.

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