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New Nation: The World of William Sidney Mount

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    Slide Notes

    We hope you are looking forward to your upcoming visit to the Long Island Museum for the New Nation: The World of William Sidney Mount program.  During your visit to our Art Museum we will explore the life of artist William Sidney Mount through his artwork, documents, and other primary sources.  We will also learn how to become "art detectives" and learn about history through art. 

    During this presentation we will:

    Learn about artist William Sidney Mount

    Learn about genre paintings

    Learn about ways to ask questions about artwork

    Discover ways to learn about the past through genre paintings.

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  • Who was William Sidney Mount?

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    Who was William Sidney Mount? 

    He was a well known and well respected American artist during the 19th century.  His paintings and drawings are now in museums across the country.  The Long Island Museum has one of the largest collections of his paintings and you will see his work when you visit the museum. 

    Can you describe some of the differences between these two works of art? 

    Do you think they were made using the same materials? 

    Are these similar to artwork that you create in art class?

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    Family Walking

    January 12, 1867

    William Sidney Mount, American, 1807–1868

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 10 x 15.5 cm (3 15/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Graphite on wove paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    61.311

    Collections
    Prints and Drawings More Info

    Rustic Dance After a Sleigh Ride

    1830

    William Sidney Mount, American, 1807–1868

    Dimensions

    56.2 x 68.9 cm (22 1/8 x 27 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    48.458

    Collections
    Americas
    On View
    Goel Gallery (Am. Innovation) - 239 More Info

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  • About William Sidney Mount

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    William Sidney Mount (1807-1868) lived in Setauket and traveled between his home on Long Island and his art studio in New York City.  Mount painted portraits like the one he painted of himself (known as a self portrait) shown on this slide.  He also painted what he saw around him, like his neighbors doing ordinary things.  These scenes are often referred to as genre paintings

    If you wanted to show everyday life to other people, what would you paint? 

    To learn more about William Sidney Mount's life and art, click here to view an artist biography.

    Self portrait, 1832

    Oil on canvas

    Long Island Museum collection

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  • How can we learn about Mount?

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    How can we learn about William Sidney Mount?

    We can learn about Mount's life through his artwork.  His paintings and sketches tell us what he saw around him and wanted to document and record. We can also learn about his life through personal documents such as diaries, journals, ledgers and receipts.  This slide shows a page from his diary written in 1843.  

    What do you see on the page of the diary? 

    What do you think we can learn from a business document or a personal diary? 

    What would you write about in your diary?  Would you draw anything?

    Do you ever draw in your school notebooks?  Why?

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  • Why is this important?

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    His artwork tells us about life in the 19th century and particularly on Long Island.  Mount's most well known artwork focuses on his neighbors and everyday scenes.  His paintings allow us to learn about everyday life in the early to mid 1800s.  They are important key to understanding history and art as a whole. 

    Do you remember what we call this style of painting?

    What would you paint or draw if you wanted people in the future to know about life in 2015?

    To learn more about this painting and Mount's presentation of an African American musician click here

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    The Bone Player

    1856

    William Sidney Mount, American, 1807–1868

    Dimensions

    91.76 x 73.98 cm (36 1/8 x 29 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    48.461

    Collections
    Americas
    On View
    Goel Gallery (Am. Innovation) - 239 More Info

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  • Rural genre paintings

    Slide Notes

    Though Mount is famous for painting scenes of everyday life, he was not the only painter to do this.  These two paintings illustrate other genre paintings that feature farm scenes.  These paintings are similar in subject matter to many of William Sidney Mount's paintings. 

    What do you see people doing in these paintings?

    Compare these two paintings.  What is similar and what is different about these two farm scenes? 

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    Haying at Lapham's Farm, Auburn, Maine

    1859

    John Bradley Hudson, Jr., American, 1832–1903

    Dimensions

    55.88 x 76.2 cm (22 x 30 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    48.431

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    Americas More Info

    Farm at Recouvrières, Nièvre

    1831

    Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French, 1796–1875

    Dimensions

    47.6 x 70.2 cm (18 3/4 x 27 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    19.82

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  • Looking at Art

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    One of the many things that we can learn from art is about fashion.  Historic paintings and drawings can teach us a lot about clothing styles during particular time periods. 

    Look closely at these two drawings.  What do you notice about the clothing that these girls are wearing? 

    Compare these two drawings to what you're wearing.  Do you notice any similarities? 

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    Raising the Wind: Girl blowing Soap Bubbles

    William Sidney Mount, American, 1807–1868

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 27.3 x 40.0 cm (10 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Brown wash over graphite pencil, touched with flesh color on light blue paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    55.792

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    Julia Parish Raymond

    1851

    William Sidney Mount, American, 1807–1868

    Dimensions

    22.86 x 17.78 cm (9 x 7 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on panel

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    56.879

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  • Asking Questions

    Slide Notes

    When we look at art it is important to look closely at the work and begin asking questions about what is seen.  By doing this we are able to look more closely and begin to understand the artists intentions. 

    Do you see any figures in the drawing or the painting?  What do you think they are doing?

    Are the two works of art telling the same story?  Are the people doing the same thing?

    The painting on the right is of Mount's house.  Who do you think the people are?

     

    The Mount House, 1854

    Oil on canvas

    Long Island Museum collection

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    Farmhouse with Spreading Tree

    1862

    William Sidney Mount, American, 1807–1868

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 27.1 x 45.1 cm (10 11/16 x 17 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Black chalk, graphite pencil and gray wash on board

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    62.97

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  • Looking Closer

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    We viewed these two pieces of artwork earlier in our presentation.  Now let us take a closer look at the artwork using our new skills. 

    Do you notice anything that you didn't see before?  Are there any similarities between these two paintings?

    Take a close look at the drawing on the left.  Where do you think the people are going?  What are they carrying and why?

    Look closely at the painting on the right.  What are the people doing?  What instruments are being played?  What do you see behind the blue door?  What might Mount want you to think about this?

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    Family Walking

    January 12, 1867

    William Sidney Mount, American, 1807–1868

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 10 x 15.5 cm (3 15/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Graphite on wove paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    61.311

    Collections
    Prints and Drawings More Info

    Rustic Dance After a Sleigh Ride

    1830

    William Sidney Mount, American, 1807–1868

    Dimensions

    56.2 x 68.9 cm (22 1/8 x 27 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    48.458

    Collections
    Americas
    On View
    Goel Gallery (Am. Innovation) - 239 More Info

    Description


    Multimedia

  • Understanding the past

    Slide Notes

    Let's take a few minutes to do a short activity. 

    You can either....

    Imagine and write or draw a story about what is happening in this painting.

    Or

    List and draw all of the things that you see in this painting

    Corner of the Mount House Kitchen, n.d.

    Oil on paper

    Long Island Museum collection

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  • During your trip we will look at more paintings by artist William Sidney Mount and will learn about life in the 1800s through his art and other historical documents. 

    If you are visiting for the Art focus, we will explore the artistic techniques that Mount used. 

    If you are visiting for the Social Studies focus, we will explore a day in the life of William Sidney Mount and the types of transportation that he would have encountered on a typical day. 

    We hope this gives you an introduction into learning about the past through art and the importance of looking carefully to learn more.

    Your newly acquired "art detective" skills will help you explore art anywhere.