Painting: Sleepers Awake

Europe's impressionists and old masters have been claiming high prices for years, but the most recent success story in the art market deals with a contingent of sleepers who, like Rip Van Winkle, are returning to public esteem after a century of obscurity. American 19th century painting, from the works of such frontier reporters as George Caleb Bingham, whose pictures today bring as high as $250,000, to the early 20th century cityscapes of the Ashcan School, is enjoying a remarkable revival. A Hudson River landscape by Frederick Church that sold for $3,500...

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