The New Bonnet

Francis William Edmonds American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 736

Following a year of study in Europe, Edmonds returned to the United States in 1841 and began to paint subjects drawn from contemporary American life. Inspired by seventeenth-century Dutch genre painting (scenes of everyday life), The New Bonnet exemplifies the artist’s gently moralizing approach, as he juxtaposes the daughter’s purchase of an extravagant hat with the plain attire of her disapproving parents. A major figure in New York City’s cultural scene, Edmonds was instrumental in founding the American Art-Union—an important venue for the exhibition, dissemination, and popularization of American genre painting.

#4576. The New Bonnet

The New Bonnet, Francis William Edmonds (American, Hudson, New York 1806–1863 Bronxville, New York), Oil on canvas, American

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