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 mam.org/americans-in-spain.
Admission to the Museum is by advance ticket purchase at mam.org/visit. Face coverings are required to help support a safe environment for everyone.
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 mam.org/events.
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.