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Philadelphia Inquirer | Is this painting of a fox one of the greatest works of American art?

Making American Artists: Stories from PAFA, 1776-1976 curated by Dr. Anna O. Marley, PAFA Chief of Curatorial Affairs

On the exhibition's opening day, Julia Shipley reports on several national art scholars' favorite selections from the exhibition, including The Fox Hunt by Winslow Homer, as well as works by Harriet Hosmer, May Howard Jackson, and Georgia O'Keefe.

"The fox is just one of over 100 paintings now on display at PAFA as part of Making American Artists: Stories from PAFA 1776-1976. Selected from PAFA’s archive of 16,000 items, the exhibit aims to showcase the most influential and powerful works that underpin the foundation of American art, offering a more complete 'picture' of art-making during the nation’s first 200 years.

The show, which includes works by long-celebrated artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, and Andrew Wyeth, also showcases artists that Marley believes deserve to be better known. The purpose is to further 'new narratives in art history, embracing stories about women and LGBTQIA+ and artists of color, and ask: What did it mean to be an American artist when the nation was founded and then 200 years later?' she says." —Julia Shipley in The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Photograph by Jessica Griffin, Inquirer Staff Photographer

About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.