American Artists of the 19th Century

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The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.

William Faulkner

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19th Century American Artists

Welcome to the ARTIST section of ClassyArts.com. We currently have 20335 records for 16270 artists. These are listings of 19th century artists who were born or died or worked in the USA during the 19th century. That is a pretty broad definition, so naturally we have some names of artists normally classified as early 20th century artists, and others who may have begun work in the 18th century. Some of these artists worked primarily in other countries, though they were born in the USA, while others worked briefly in the USA though they were born and trained elsewhere, and are not usually thought of as 'American'.

Our definition of what constitutes an 'artist' is nearly as broad as our date and residence criteria. We include architechts, illustrators, sculptors and many other fields of art, as well as painters and sketchers. We sometimes have photographers listed, though those are primarily covered by the main ClassyArts.com site - they are only included here when identifying themselves as artists in census or directory listings and similar situations. We have NOT included actors and actresses, nor musical artists.

Our main goal is to be all-inclusive, so that obscure and little known artists are listed, with enough information about them to help you track down further details. Whenever possible, we record the birth and death dates, the place of work and residence for artists, though obviously the exact information available depends on the source. We rely heavily on city, state and county directories, census records, and published biographies -- though other sources are included sporadically.

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