America’s Art: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Theresa J. Slowik, Abrams, New York in association with Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2005.
This book of art very much reads like a history text. It covers very briefly the history of the United States, from early settlers, the land, the fight for liberty, early farming, Westward expansion, the Civil War, the Rise of Industry, the cities, The renaissance, the Southwest, the Great Depression, folk art, WWII, and then our current state of being with the technology revolution.
This is also good for a looking at book, with many different types of art. I think I enjoyed the folk art best. This book included early photography, modern photography, sculpture, painting and other mediums.
Some of the favorites are:
“The Girl I left Behind Me” by Eastman Johnson
“Orion in December” by Charles Burchfield
A painting and statues of Thomas Jefferson, a painting of George Washington, and a bust of Abraham Lincoln.
“Aurora Borealis” by Frederic Edwin Church (to some represented the end of the Civil War and God’s pleasure with the Union victory.
“Plate” black on black by Julian and Maria Martinez