American Folk Art, Lovingly Collected at the Worcester Art Museum brings together more than 40 works from an important private collection based in central Massachusetts, recognized as one of the best of its kind in existence. The exhibition features an array of paintings and furniture, many on display for the first time, with a particular emphasis on portraits of children, which illustrate the folk artists’ unique approach to using color and towards the figurative treatment of their subjects. On view July 15 through November 29, 2015, American Folk Art, Lovingly Collected brings to life the rich folk art tradition that flourished in the mid-19th century as home-grown artists traveled from town to town to paint portraits for rural families of their loved ones. The artists represented in the exhibition showcase a distinctive folk-art practice that grew out of a popular demand for personal keepsakes, and include

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