The museum complex of Tsinghua University hosts an interesting in-depth look at American landscape painters of the XIX Century. The narrative itinerary aids visitors in understanding the development of the American landscape painting styles in relation to important European trends in painting. Fifty works, dating from the first years of the 1800s to the 1920s, reconstruct the travels of various American painters, offering a perspective on their studies and stylistic influences. The narrative of the exhibition, a sort of example of an art history lectio magistralis, is subdivided into four chapters that make the exhibition a real opportunity for understanding, study and reflection. It begins with the section Landscapes and National Identity which guides the visitor in exploring the origins of various styles that contributed to creating actual landscape styles with which each Nation can identify. The itinerary continues with the section Tourists, Students and Expatriates through which one can understand how these national stylistic models came into contact with one another, even travelling between the Old and New World. The third section of the exhibition, meanwhile, offers a look at the French impressionists and the impact they had on certain American painters. The final section is dedicated to a sort of re-elaboration, on the part of American painters, of European stylistic models depicting landscapes of the New World during the modern era.
120 photos show the China of the 1800s as seen through the lens of the first great pioneers of photography.