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|Event:||SS-16 Idylls of Imagination: American Landscape Painting|
|Time:||1:00 to 3:00|
|Presenter:||Richard Friswell, Director, Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning|
|For the first 200 years of American history, landscape painting was held in low regard. Tastes ran toward European genres with their rich history of castle ruins. It was not until the early 19th century, as the US came into its own as a nation and westward expansion discovered new vistas, that our unique features of forest, mountain and sea became noteworthy. A carefully-crafted, romantic-era vision of America became foundational for shaping a national identity - one that could offer authentication for 'who we are' and one that would be reshaped by events like the Civil War, industrialization and modernism.|