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.

Fawn (Le Jeune Cerf)

c. 1916–17

Elie Nadelman
Forty-two Kids


George Wesley Bellows
George Washington

c. 1800[1]

Gilbert Stuart
Yeats at Petitpas'

1910–c. 19141

John Sloan
May Night


Willard LeRoy Metcalf
Le Sergent de Ville

Modeled by 1919; cast c. 1923

John Storrs
Day Dreams


Bessie Potter Vonnoh
Washington before Yorktown

1824; reworked 1825, 18301

Rembrandt Peale
The House of Representatives

Completed 1822; probably reworked 18231

Samuel Finley Breese Morse
Young Girl at a Window

c. 1883–841

Mary Cassatt
Poor Artist’s Cupboard

c. 18151

Charles Bird King
Mount Corcoran

c. 1876–771

Albert Bierstadt
Ground Swell


Edward Hopper
A Pastoral Visit


Richard Norris Brooke
Berlin Abstraction


Marsden Hartley
The Longshoremen’s Noon


John George Brown
Into Bondage


Aaron Douglas
The Last of the Buffalo


Albert Bierstadt


Frederic Edwin Church
Off the Range (Coming through the Rye)

Modeled 1902; Cast 1903

Frederic Remington
The Greek Slave

modeled 1841–43; carved 1846

Hiram Powers