ART EXHIBITION: The Serious and the Smirk: Portraits from the Collection


Jul 14, 2018 to Oct 28, 2018
09:30 AM until 05:00 PM

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).


“There are only two styles of portrait painting,” Charles Dickens once remarked, “the serious and the smirk.”

Drawn entirely from the collection of the Brandywine River Museum of Art, this exhibition will explore the social function of portraits in American history. From traditional portraits of eighteenth-century patriots and families, to studied self-portraits and quick sketches, to witty caricatures, each work addresses the presentation of a person’s identity—sometimes real and sometimes imagined. Viewed together, the works offer insight on who is and is not seen in American society. Works by such diverse artists as Bo Bartlett, Mary Cassatt, Al Hirschfeld, Violet Oakley, Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Andy Warhol, Benjamin West, and George A. Weymouth will be included.


$18/adults; $15/seniors (65+); $6/students with ID and children ages 6-18


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1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA

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Nicole Kindbeiter

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Chadds Ford and Kennett Square

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