This exhibition - the first major survey of Thomas Chambers' work since 1942 - seeks to define his style, examine his sources, and investigate the popular audience for marine and landscape painting in the mid-nineteenth century. Active for almost three decades as a painter, Chambers left behind a boldly expressive and puzzling body of work. Recovered from obscurity in the mid-twentieth century, he was enthusiastically celebrated as an American folk painter whose rhythmic sense of contour, lively pattern, and strong color anticipated modern taste.
Thomas Chambers (1808-1869): American Marine and Landscape Painter will feature approximately sixty works, borrowed from public and private collections throughout the United States, including forty-five paintings by Chambers and related paintings by his contemporaries.
This exhibition was organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and its Center for American Art, in association with the Indiana University Art Museum, and with the support of a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. William C. Buck.