American Art, 1757–1960

With works by masters such as Raphaelle Peale, Edward Hopper, and Loïs Mailou Jones, the Delaware Art Museum’s collection of American art spans more than 200 years.

The DelArt galleries feature excellent examples of art from Delaware and the Brandywine Valley, including paintings by Edward Loper and Andrew Wyeth. Almost all the paintings in our gallery of 19th-century portraiture were produced within 50 miles of the Museum, and local landscapes are on view throughout the galleries.

Many of the artists in the Museum collection are known for pushing boundaries and exploring realism. John Sloan and The Eight, for example, rejected modes of painting that featured elegant interiors and elite subjects. Instead, Sloan and some of his associates portrayed everyday life in New York. Although this made their work unpopular with many critics and collectors in the early 1900s, The Eight became famous for their rebellious personas and their realist pictures. Thanks to the generosity of his widow, Helen Farr Sloan, the Museum has more than 2,500 of Sloan’s works, as well as his extensive archives, making DelArt a hub for the study of his work.

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Spring Rain Poster

Take home a piece of Museum magic with this stunning reproduction of John Sloan’s famous painting. 24” x 36”, $15.00

An American Journey: The Art of John Sloan

This catalog accompanied the Museum’s hit 2017 exhibition. 155 pp., $50.00

The Loper Tradition: Paintings by Edward Loper, Sr. and Edward Loper, Jr.

Revisit the Museum’s survey of the Lopers’ artwork with this companion catalog. 75 pp., $33.00