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Patriotic art exhibit opening in NOLA

M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans, unveils its patriotic art exhibit, 'From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of American Art,' on April 6. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. Courtesy of MS Rau

NEW ORLEANS – M.S. Rau Antiques will unveil its patriotic new exhibition, From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of American Art at its gallery at 630 Royal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 6, 2019. The show, which is free and open to the public, will run through June 8, 2019 and the gallery is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m.-5:15 p.m.

Since the founding of the United States, artists have sought to capture the essence of our country on canvas. From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of American Art presents 80 works that span the first two centuries of the nation’s rich history, highlighting the variety and strength of American artistic achievement from the colonial era through the World Wars.

“During a time when our country appears divided, we want to celebrate our finest historic moments as a nation,” stated M.S. Rau Antiques’ President Bill Rau, a third-generation fine art dealer and expert. “The War for Independence, westward expansion, the rise of the modern age - these important times, when viewed through the canvases of America's greatest artists, remind us that as a nation we have and will continue to persevere.”

Light Blue Sea at Prouts Neck by Winslow Homer. Courtesy of MS Rau

Light Blue Sea at Prouts Neck by Winslow Homer. Courtesy of MS Rau

Opening this spring at M.S. Rau's French Quarter gallery, the comprehensive exhibition features paintings, watercolors, and drawings from more than 70 American artists, including John Singleton Copley, Frederic Edwin Church, Winslow Homer,Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt and Childe Hassam. Among the paintings is Gilbert Stuart’s Athenaeum portrait of President George Washington, which served as the basis for the engraving that appears on the one dollar bill.

The works on display will represent the wide variety of styles that have developed in the U.S., ranging from Colonial Art to the Hudson River School and Tonalism to American Impressionism and the Ashcan School. Together they successfully capture the cultural moment of their respective ages, perfectly defining on canvas the character and very essence of American life throughout the centuries.

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About M.S. Rau Antiques

Dorothy, by Julian Alden Weir. Courtesy of MS Rau

Dorothy, by Julian Alden Weir. Courtesy of MS Rau

M.S. Rau Antiques, the largest antiques business in North America, is an internationally recognized leader in rare and important antiques, fine art and jewelry. Led by third-generation owner and published fine art expert Bill Rau, the gallery has grown by leaps and bounds since his grandfather Max Rau opened the doors to a then-small antiques store in 1912. Today, the 25,000-square foot gallery overflows with incredible antiques by names including Tiffany & Co., Paul Revere and Fabergé. Our unparalleled selection of important, original paintings and sculpture spans the 16th through the 21st century, created by legendary artists such as Brueghel, Monet and Rockwell, and our diverse selection of exquisite jewels, including rare colored diamonds, Kashmir sapphires and Burma rubies is without equal. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to and affiliated websites.

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