Arts Everyday Living: Portrait of a Child–Through the Eyes of an American Folk Artist

 

PORTRAIT OF A CHILD

THROUGH THE EYES OF AN AMERICAN FOLK ARTIST

 

 

Ammi Phillips. Girl in Red Dress with Cat and Dog, 1830-1835, oil on canvas, American Folk Art Museum, New York, New York

Since 1961, the American Folk Art Museum has been shaping the understanding of art by the self-taught through its exhibitions, publications and educational programs….Its collection includes more than 7,000 art works  dating from the 18th century to the present from compelling portraits to dazzling quilts to powerful works by living self-taught artists in a variety of medium.

American Folk Art Museum website

Folk artist Ammi Phillips (1788-1865) created some 500 portraits mainly in the northeastern part of the United States. He utilized the vibrant colors and two-dimensional forms often associated with this distinctly American style that can be viewed in the American Folk Art Museum in New York City as well as other museums throughout the country.

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A Supernova Quilt

The above image is used solely for educational purposes and in the U.S. public domain.

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