American Art to 1945

The Corcoran’s signature and world-renowned collection of American art dating from 1718 to 1945 began as the private holdings of William Wilson Corcoran. His initial collection of landscape paintings, genre scenes, portraits, and sculptures has grown to encompass over 500 paintings, 200 sculptures, and 2,400 works on paper. Key 20th-century acquisitions were made beginning in 1907, with the advent of the Corcoran’s Biennial. The collection’s particular strengths include Hudson River School painting, American Impressionism, and early 20th-century realism.

Poor Artist’s Cupboard

c. 18151

Charles Bird King
Yeats at Petitpas'

1910–c. 19141

John Sloan


Frederic Edwin Church
Mount Corcoran

c. 1876–771

Albert Bierstadt
Young Girl at a Window

c. 1883–841

Mary Cassatt
The Last of the Buffalo


Albert Bierstadt
George Washington

c. 1800[1]

Gilbert Stuart
Day Dreams


Bessie Potter Vonnoh
May Night


Willard LeRoy Metcalf
Le Sergent de Ville

Modeled by 1919; cast c. 1923

John Storrs
The Greek Slave

modeled 1841–43; carved 1846

Hiram Powers
The Longshoremen’s Noon


John George Brown
The House of Representatives

Completed 1822; probably reworked 18231

Samuel Finley Breese Morse
Berlin Abstraction


Marsden Hartley
A Pastoral Visit


Richard Norris Brooke
Forty-two Kids


George Wesley Bellows
Ground Swell


Edward Hopper
Fawn (Le Jeune Cerf)

c. 1916–17

Elie Nadelman
Washington before Yorktown

1824; reworked 1825, 18301

Rembrandt Peale
Off the Range (Coming through the Rye)

Modeled 1902; Cast 1903

Frederic Remington
Into Bondage


Aaron Douglas