AMERICANS' regard for their pioneers, which comes to bloom around the Fourth of July, feeds largely on word and spirit. But to reinforce facts in print and feelings in the heart, there is testimony by eyewitnesses−the painters who were there. Some of their best evidence is presented on the following pages.

Because they made no distinction between art and craft, the early pioneer American painters did not lack craftsmanship; each of their canvases was at least as well painted as the wall on which it hung. But by European standards, early colonial art was...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!