Aside from the beautiful quilts and the Kaffe Fassett exhibition when we visited the American Museum, my favourite part - although I really did love it all! - was the Folk Art display.
I love American Folk Art. It was something that I fell in love with when I first lived in America over 20 years ago now. I don't own any, but I love looking at it. The "primitive" style really appeals to me as you can really see that it is made by a person not a machine. Of course it isn't at all primitive, but highly skilled, it is just the style that gives that impression.
When we visit historic houses or museums I often strike up conversations with the room guides as I like to hear what they have to say about their properties as they always have such great stories to share. The room guide in the Folk Art room was an American gentleman from upstate New York who had lived here for many decades having married an English lady. He was a fascinating man with a great deal of knowledge about the exhibits and very interesting to talk to. I could have chatted to him all day if he hadn't been so busy with all the over visitors - and of course he might not have wanted to talk to me for that long!!
I have added a few notes here and then with these photos, but mostly I will let them speak for themselves as art does that so well.
I love these duck decoys, they are so well carved and you can imagine that a duck flying overhead spotting one or a small flock of these from afar could well be enticed to land.
I assume that this is a horse, but the long neck gives it rather a look of a giraffe too. Either way I like it!
These are a mixture of weather vanes and wind spinnery things. I love these especially.
The paintings were fabulous and in exactly the sort of style that I like. They seem to have quite a graphic quality which always appeals to me. The one below with the snow is so beautiful.
Portraits are painted in quite a different style in America it always seems to me than they are in Europe, and I love the way that they look although some of the sitters don't always look that happy.
This piece is new and was specially commissioned, I think last year, for the museum. it really is wonderful and contains all the archetypal symbols of America with the flag and the eagle and of course Lady Liberty herself.
The names of the thirteen original colonies were inscribed on the side of Lady Liberties dress. North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware, Virginia, Connecticut, South Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland Georgia and New York.
If you have any interest in this sort of art, or art in general it is well worth a visit and if you are lucky enough to have the same room guide that we had, you will really enjoy yourselves and find out lots of information.