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Charles Wilson Peale, 1822
Charles Wilson Peale was a Philadelphian and a founder of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. This self-portrait, painted in 1822, shows Peale standing proudly in his own museum.
William Sidney Mount, 1838
“The Painter’s Triumph” is a painting that was designed to be the antithesis of the grand traditions of European painting. Here we see the artist showing his work to an unsophisticated viewer. We only see the back of the canvas, but the suggestion is it’s clearly not a painting of a grand subject from the Bible. The artist, William Sydney Mount, believed that art should be for the masses.
One of the most important works in the Academy’s collection is Winslow Homer’s awe-inspiring 1893 piece, “Fox Hunt.” “Fox Hunt” was Homer’s largest painting to date and the first painting of his to enter a public collection when it was purchased by the Academy in 1894, just one year after it was painted.