The EPMA’s collection of American art begins with significant examples of Colonial portraiture such as Gilbert Stuart’s c. 1796 Portrait of George Washington, as well as portraits by Jacob Eichholtz, Charles Loring Elliot, Rembrandt Peale and Thomas Sully.
The Museum’s American collection is concentrated around the period from the mid- 19th century to the mid20th century. With a particular emphasis on landscape painting, the collection includes artworks by the Hudson River School painters George Inness and Alexander Helwig Wyant, in addition to nationally recognized artists of the American Southwest such as Henry Raschen, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Within this approximately 100-year period the museum’s collection also holds significant work by the Taos and Santa Fe schools, which are represented by artists such as Gustave Baumann, Emil Bistram, Ernest Blumenschein, Gerald Cassidy, E. Irving Couse, Randall Davey, Fremont Ellis, Sheldon Parsons, Julius Rolshoven and Joseph Henry Sharp. Another strength of the El Paso Museum of Art’s collection from this same period is the American Impressionist collection, including artists such as Frank Boggs, John Edward Costigan, Theodore Earl Butler, Childe Hassam, George Inness, Ernest Lawson, William Merritt Chase, Willard Leroy Metcalf, John Twachtman and Edmund C. Tarbell.
The 20th-century collection includes paintings from the Ashcan school by George Luks, Robert Henri, William Glackens and John Sloan, as well as works by the Modernist artists Milton Avery, Mary Doyle, Karl Knaths, John Marin and Max Weber. American Regionalism or Scene painting of the early 20th century is represented by works on paper by Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton and Reginald Marsh and paintings by Adolph Dehn, John Grabach, Peter Hurd, Andrew Wyeth and Henriette Wyeth.
In addition, the collection includes works by recognized early Texas artists such as Jerry Bywaters, Otis Dozier, Merrit Mauzey, Julian Onderdonk, Everett Spruce and Frank Reaugh, and early El Paso artists such as Manuel Acosta, José Cisneros, Berla Emeree, Tom Lea, Audley Dean Nicols, Urbici Soler and Eugene Thurston. The Museum’s Tom Lea collection includes significant examples from every decade, genre and media of the artist’s working life, which are rotated in the Tom Lea Gallery.
The following publications include more information about many of the artists and collections mentioned above:
Into the Desert Light: Early El Paso Art 1850 - 1960
Renoir to Remington: Impressionism to the American West