Art: Romantics at Milwaukee

All the way from John Singleton Copley to Edward Hopper, realism seems the keynote of American art, and romanticism remains underrated. With the single exception of Albert Pinkham Ryder, the American romanticists have never achieved the fame of their realist contemporaries. To collect and cherish such little-known artists takes courage and personal conviction.

Next week the collection of a man who has both goes on view at the Milwaukee Art Center, demonstrates some of the good things that Americans have yet to discover in their own heritage. The 125 canvases, roughly half the...

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