Bronze sculpture of a standing male figure his right hand holding a shield which rests upon a stack of book while his left arm is outstretched hovering over the crouching figure of an African American male figure.
At the end of the Civil War (1861–65) there was an effort to promote an American Renaissance and to beautify cities with civic monuments and public sculpture. Sculptors, including Randolph Rogers, were commissioned to produce memorials that addressed themes of war and slavery and to commemorate military heroes, from the common soldier to President Abraham Lincoln himself. This work is a maquette for the Emancipation Memorial in Washington D.C.’s Lincoln Park, which depicts Abraham Lincoln as the “Great Emancipator” freeing a slave, establishing a narrative of theoretical peace and unity.
A group of figures stand in a market place flanked by brown and tan buildings under a freely-painted sky. Most of these figures are women in the high linen headdresses characteristic of the region. At center is a woman with a red jacket.
Boudin, who lived in the nearby port city of Le Havre, spent a lot of time in the picturesque fishing town of Honfleur. This depiction of the local fish market was probably painted "plein air" directly in front of the motif, and may be a sketch, although a finished painting of this composition is unknown. Boudin's work concentrated on the costal regions of Normandy and Brittany. He was an important early influence on Claude Monet, who also painted extensively in Honfleur.
Horizontal landscape of a misty harbor view with several small boats in distance near center
Quickly executed oil sketch depicting Jamaica Bay, a shallow inlet of the Atlantic on the southwestern shore of Long Island between the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.
While the simplicity of the composition may arise from the informal nature of the sketch itself, it also reflects the shift in taste at that time away from the elaborate, minutely detailed, and geographically specific landscapes for which Church is best known.