The John & Susan Horseman Collection of American Art

The John and Susan Horseman Collection of American Art celebrates the breadth of American art and experience in the first half of the 20th century, and preserves the legacy of numerous, sometimes under-recognized American artists.

During the 1920s and 1930s active art scenes developed throughout the midwest, where peers of the well known Regionalists Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry developed a truly American style based upon the spirited landscapes of Americas first artists, and the abstract stylings of contemporaries in the New York scene. Regionalism found a counterpart in the avant garde aesthetic of the American west, where artists similarly adapted elements of mainstream modernism into local styles. Though somewhat faded from public memory, the artists of these communities played a significant role in shaping American identity during their time.

Including artworks by talented artists working in response to both major artistic and political events of their day, and somewhat in the shadows of modern artists in Europe and New York, the Horseman Collection captures a lively cross section of American art and cultural history.

John and Susan Horseman have amassed an important collection of American paintings from  1910 to 1940, which bring to light, through both representational and non-objective styles, the social and industrial influences of that era on the American landscape. Having only begun collecting in the past decade, the Horsemans’ collection is personal, but not private. In fact 57 of their works were selected for the exhibition Regional Dialect, organized by The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee, and traveled to noted museums in 2009 and 2010.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, the Horsemans purchase works that evoke a memory or to which they can relate or connect to in some way. A number of their paintings depict scenes from areas where they have lived, and serve as windows to the past, painting a picture of Midwestern life during and surrounding the Depression-era. Over the years, John and Susan have immersed themselves in learning about various artists, and their collecting has evolved from purely enjoying the beauty of a work, to understanding its relevance and the significance of that artist and his contribution to early 20th century American art.

The
John & Susan
Horseman
Collection

The John and Susan Horseman Collection of American Art celebrates the breadth of American art and experience in the first half of the 20th century, and preserves the legacy of numerous, sometimes under-recognized American artists.

During the 1920s and 1930s active art scenes developed throughout the midwest, where peers of the well known Regionalists Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry developed a truly American style based upon the spirited landscapes of Americas first artists, and the abstract stylings of contemporaries in the New York scene. Regionalism found a counterpart in the avant garde aesthetic of the American west, where artists similarly adapted elements of mainstream modernism into local styles. Though somewhat faded from public memory, the artists of these communities played a significant role in shaping American identity during their time.

Including artworks by talented artists working in response to both major artistic and political events of their day, and somewhat in the shadows of modern artists in Europe and New York, the Horseman Collection captures a lively cross section of American art and cultural history. 

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