American Art


The Wadsworth Atheneum’s American Art collection contains approximately 1,000 paintings, 400 sculptures, and 4,000 works on paper. In addition to the museum’s celebrated Hudson River School paintings, collection highlights include 18th century portraits by Ralph Earl and John Singleton Copley, 19th century still lifes by the Peale family, late-19th century trompe l’oeil paintings, and American modernism, with important paintings by Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Andrew Wyeth.

The American sculpture collection features works by noted artists such as Horatio Greenough, Harriet Hosmer, Gaston Lachaise, Elie Nadelman, Paul Manship, and Alexander Calder.

Works on paper by American artists were featured in the special exhibition American Moderns on Paper: Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, on view October 2, 2010 – January 17, 2011.

Search the American Art Collection
Use this link to search for objects in the American Art collection. Please note: digitizing artworks is an ongoing process, so this search is not representative of the museum’s entire collection. You can identify objects that are currently on view via the Object Description box, in the “Currently on view?” field.

Updates to our database are made weekly, so if you plan to visit the museum to see a specific work of art please call the Information Desk in advance of your visit at (860) 838-4100, Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm to ensure availability.

Browse our curator’s collection highlights using the gallery below.
Images below do not reflect what is currently on view.