Some American Art from the Department of State

The New Jersey State Museum was founded by an act of the state legislature in 1895. Initially it was a natural history museum. It later added archaeology, ethnography, cultural history and fine arts to its collections. It moved into its current facility as part of the state’s cultural complex in 1965 and it became a division of the N.J. Department of State in 1983. It has a surprisingly diverse and interesting collection of works by 20th century American artists. Here are some samples.

Emmet, George and Ella Marvin (The Marvin Family), James Chapin
Emmet, George and Ella Marvin (The Marvin Family), James Chapin, 1934
An Expression of a Silk Town in New Jersey, Oscar Bluemner, 1914-1915
An Expression of a Silk Town in New Jersey, Oscar Bluemner, 1914-1915
Whitewashed Barn, Ralston Crawford, 1937
Whitewashed Barn, Ralston Crawford, 1937
Black Division, Alice Trumbull Mason, 1944
Black Division, Alice Trumbull Mason, 1944
Arrangement, Byron Browne, 1938
Arrangement, Byron Browne, 1938
Ritual, Norman Wilfred Lewis, 1950
Ritual, Norman Wilfred Lewis, 1950
April, Grace Hartigan, 1960
April, Grace Hartigan, 1960
Abstraction, Alfred Leslie, 1954-55
Abstraction, Alfred Leslie, 1954-55
Untitled, Ben Wilson, late 1960's, early 1970's
Untitled, Ben Wilson, late 1960’s, early 1970’s
Dream House Wall, Louise Nevelson
Dream House Wall, Louise Nevelson
Parts of the Face, Larry Rivers, 1962
Parts of the Face, Larry Rivers, 1962
Female Model in Hammock, Arms Over Head, Philip Pearlstein, 1976
Female Model in Hammock, Arms Over Head, Philip Pearlstein, 1976
Mel Leipzig, Jonathan Shahn, 2006
In the Spirit of West Senegalese Dance with Mary Alice Pace, Lorenzo Pace, 1987-97
In the Spirit of West Senegalese Dance with Mary Alice Pace, Lorenzo Pace, 1987-97
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