Milwaukee Art Museum's Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820–1920 Exhibit, Hassam, Church Procession, ca. 1883, Private Collection

Travel to Spain This Summer at the Milwaukee Art Museum

The museum further expands spaces open to the public starting June 11

Mary Cassatt, Spanish Girl Leaning on a Window Sill, ca. 1872. Oil on canvas. 24 3⁄8  x 19 in. Manuel Piñanes García-Olías, Madrid


Journey through Spain this summer with a visit to Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820–1920. Opening on June 11, this major exhibition is the first to focus on the influence of Spanish art and culture on American painting, and highlights prominent American artists such as Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, and John Singer Sargent.

  The exhibition, which the Museum co-organized with the Chrysler Museum of Art, explores a pivotal moment when artists were increasingly visiting Spain to study the masterworks in the Prado Museum and engage with the country’s people and customs. European tours to the art capitals of London and Paris now included Madrid and other stops along the Iberian Peninsula.

     The more than 100 paintings, photographs, and prints in the exhibition are presented chronologically and organized to emphasize migration and travel in 19th-century Spain; the country's architecture, gardens, and landscapes; and the fascination with Spain's artistic masterpieces and its Islamic history. The artists and movements featured expand upon areas of particular strength in the Museum’s collection, including artists of the Ashcan Circle and the Eight.

Among the exhibition’s highlights are John Singer Sargent’s famous Carmencita (1890) from the Musée d’Orsay; a newly discovered painting by Mary Cassatt from a Madrid private collection never before shown in the United States; and Spanish old masters on loan from the Prado Museum.

     An app created specifically for the exhibition includes bilingual audio commentaries and additional information on select works. The Artist-Travelers Project, an interactive website, allows visitors to see the guidebooks the artists used, letters they wrote, routes they took, and more. Both are available at

 Admission to the Museum is by advance ticket purchase at Face coverings are required to help support a safe environment for everyone.


Virtual Programs

Enrich your Americans in Spain experience through a variety of virtual programs. Events are free and open to the public; find details and registration information at


Lecture: Spain’s Influence

on John Singer Sargent

June 24, 5:30pm

With curator Sarah Cash,

American and British paintings, National Gallery of Art

Lecture: A Closer Look

at the Works in Americans in Spain

July 29, 5:30pm

With Richard Kagan, author of

The Spanish Craze, and manuscript scholar Marianna Shreve Simpson


Lecture: Spain’s Islamic Heritage

Aug. 26, 5:30pm

With Professor Eugenia Afinoguénova, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Marquette University


In Conversation: Travel in Spain

with Rudy Maxa and Brandon Ruud

Sept. 9, 6:15pm

With the host of the Emmy

Award–winning travel series

“Rudy Maxa’s World”


In Conversation: Spanish Art

and American Portraiture

Sept. 30, noon

With Spanish art historian

Alba Campo Rosillo

Supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.