American painting is the focus of the Georgia Museum of Art’s collection. A passionate collector, Alfred Heber Holbrook, the museum’s founder, combined sound judgment in acquisition with sensitivity to a continuum of art historical periods and artistic styles. Nineteenth-century works include those by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, George Inness, Elizabeth Jane Gardner and James McNeill Whistler. The collection is especially strong in early-20th-century paintings with important works by, among others, Stuart Davis, Reginald Marsh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ben Shahn, Lucy May Stanton and Andrew Wyeth. Late-20th-century painters in the collection include Charles Burchfield, Alice Neel, Helen Frankenthaler and Elaine de Kooning.
For more information on American paintings in the collection, contact Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art.