Art Students

Louis Lang American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 773

Lang settled in New York in 1845, seven years after immigrating to Philadelphia from his native Germany. Here he presents a group of women in an unidentified studio space, industriously practicing the arts of painting, drawing, and sculpture. They appear amidst the varied essentials for training: books of prints, a palette and paints, plaster sculptures and architectural fragments, easels, and creative tools. By the late 1860s, educational opportunities for aspiring professional women artists had expanded; from private lessons with established artists to schools, notably the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, established in 1859, and the Ladies Art Association, started in 1867.

Art Students, Louis Lang (American, Bad Waldsee, Germany 1814–1893 New York), Oil on canvas, American

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