Eastman Johnson: 6 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Fiddling His Way (1866) by Eastman JohnsonChrysler Museum of Art

'Eastman Johnson was one of America's most sophisticated painters of everyday life. In the years around the Civil War, African-American life became one of Johnson's favorite subjects, and the Chrysler's painting is one of his most famous works in this vein.'

Woman with Two Children by a Window (1859) by Eastman Johnson (American, 1824-1906)The Walters Art Museum

'In the 1840s Eastman Johnson studied in Düsseldorf, Germany, with Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. Johnson also studied the work of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish masters in The Hague before ending his European travels in Paris, studying with the academic painter Thomas Couture in 1855.'

A Different Sugaring Off (ca. 1865) by Eastman Johnsonde Young museum

'In contrast to Johnson's depiction of Southern slavery in "Negro Life at the South" (1859), "Sugaring Off" celebrates Northern "Yankee" values of free labor, communal work, and social equality.'

Fiddling His Way (1866/1866) by Eastman JohnsonChrysler Museum of Art

'Painted immediately after the Civil War, Eastman Johnson's Fiddling His Way explores the new freedoms and economic challenges facing emancipated African Americans.'

The Wounded Drummer Boy (1862/1872) by Eastman JohnsonThe Frick Pittsburgh

'During the Civil War he traveled with the Union army, and he based this painting on an incident he witnessed at the Battle of Antietam in 1862.'

Spanish Woman (ca. 1862) by Eastman Johnson (American, 1824-1906)The Walters Art Museum

'He is best known for his genre scenes and portraits. This charcoal study dates from the same year that he completed one of his best known paintings "A Ride for Liberty - The Fugitive Slaves," which depicts a slave family riding to freedom.'

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