This exhibit (running March 4 - June 11, 2017) will showcase a sampling of American paintings in the collection of the Huntington Museum of Art that feature the human form. From ancient times, depicting the human figure has been a central focus for artists. As an artistic culture formed in the early days of the United States, figure painting, and especially portraiture, captured much of the attention of painters and sculptors, primarily because it was the one area that could provide vital paid commissions. Unlike their European counterparts, they could not take advantage of generous patronage from church or government entities, since the American versions of these organizations placed little
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