James McNeill Whistler
United States, 1834-1903
Nocturne, One of the 'Twelve Etchings,' or the 'First Venice Set', 1879-1880
Etching and drypoint, printed in warm black ink on laid paper
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker, 1954/1.372

UMMA Collections

American Art

American art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is richly represented in the Museum’s collections with a wide array of works including a portrait by Rembrandt Peale, Hudson River School landscapes, an exceptional early Whistler seascape, and sculpture by Hiram Powers and Randolph Rogers to Tony Smith. Important works by Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, and Frank Stella represent painting of the twentieth century. The Museum’s collections also have important holdings in folk and “Outsider” art, as well as in works on paper. In this latter category, important prints and drawings by artists such as Jim Dine, Sol LeWitt, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol augment the contributions of American artists, while the emerging importance of photography in the twentieth century can be explored through the works of Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Sally Mann, Alfred Stieglitz, and Paul Strand.

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