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This guide features resources most useful to research American artists, American art history topics, and American artworks.

Artist and Context

  • What can we find out about the artist?
  • What can we find out about his work?
  • What can we find out about this work?
  • How did other artists use this medium, or other techniques, to create similar or related artwork?
  • Consider the work in context with other works of its time, genre, region, style. 
  • Who were the artist's mentors, peers, contemporaries, critics?
  • Identify writings or statements by the artist that would shed light on this piece.
  • What  other primary sources can I find?

Frederic Edwin Church, "Mt. Ktaadn".

Figure 1. Frederic Edwin Church, Mt. Ktaadn, 1853, oil on canvas, Yale University Art Gallery. Accessed January 10, 2016.

Figure 2. Henry D. Thoreau, "Ktaadn, and the Maine Woods. No. 1. The Wilds of the Penobscot."  Sartain's Union Magazine, July 1848, 29-33. Hathi Trust, accessed January 5, 2016



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