Exhibitions

Gallery of the Louvre

Samuel F. B. Morse

1831–33

Gallery of the Louvre

Oil on canvas

Image: 73 3/4 x 108 in. (187.3 x 274.3 cm)
Frame: 88 3/4 x 123 in. (225.4 x 312.4 cm)
Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection

Samuel F.B. Morse's Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention

On view October 8, 2016 to January 8, 2017

Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

Struggling to secure his reputation as a great American artist, Samuel F. B. Morse sailed to Europe in 1829, and embarked on a period of intense study and prodigious copying of great works of art that culminated in his grand painting Gallery of the Louvre (1831–33). Measuring approximately six by nine feet, the painting depicts an imagined installation of forty artworks in the Salon Carré at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. In the scene, individuals study, sketch and copy from great works of art, just as Morse did in order to complete the painting. With its emphasis on copying as a technology of transmission and creation, this ambitious work anticipates Morse’s later experiments with photography, the electromagnetic telegraph and the invention of Morse code. PEM’s presentation of Samuel F. B. Morse's Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention is accompanied by an installation of over sixty-five works drawn from PEM’s collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American, Asian, and maritime photography. Inspired by Morse’s role as the “father of American photography,” the selection of these images reflects the strengths of PEM photographic holdings, while echoing the spirit of curation, storytelling, and cross-cultural affinities embodied in Gallery of the Louvre.

 

Samuel F. B. Morse's Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention is organized by and with support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. 

TERRA

 

Images

Gallery of the Louvre

Gallery of the Louvre

Samuel F. B. Morse

1831–33

Gallery of the Louvre

Oil on canvas

Image: 73 3/4 x 108 in. (187.3 x 274.3 cm)
Frame: 88 3/4 x 123 in. (225.4 x 312.4 cm)
Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection
April 26, 2011, Onahama, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture

April 26, 2011, Onahama, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture

Takashi Arai

Born 1978, Japan

Works in Kawasaki, Japan

April 26, 2011, Onahama, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture

From the series Mirrors in Our Nights, 2011

Daguerreotype

Peabody Essex Museum

Museum purchase made possible by the Asian Art Acquisition Fund and the John

Robinson Endowment Fund

2016.26.1

 

© Peabody Essex Museum

The Fortress Wall at Deeg from the Northwest

The Fortress Wall at Deeg from the Northwest

Samuel Bourne

1834–1912, United Kingdom

The Fortress Wall at Deeg from the Northwest, 1865

Albumen print

Peabody Essex Museum

Museum purchase

PH64.43

 

© Peabody Essex Museum

The Island Pagoda

The Island Pagoda

John Thomson

1827–1921, United Kingdom

The Island Pagoda

From the album Foochow and the River Min, 1873

Carbon print

Peabody Essex Museum

Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Anthony Rives, 1972

PH26.19

 

© Peabody Essex Museum

Whalers Rousseau and Desdemona

Whalers Rousseau and Desdemona

Edwin Hale Lincoln

1848–1938, United States

Whalers Rousseau and Desdemona, 1889

Platinum print

Peabody Essex Museum

Museum purchase, 1972

PH285.351

 

© Peabody Essex Museum

Mortar Schooner, Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana

Mortar Schooner, Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana

Studio of Mathew B. Brady

Mortar Schooner, Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana, 1863

Albumen print

Peabody Essex Museum

PH104.200

 

© Peabody Essex Museum

Untitled (Portrait of a Woman, probably Empress Myeonseong)

Untitled (Portrait of a Woman, probably Empress Myeonseong)

Artist in Korea

Untitled (Portrait of a Woman, probably Empress Myeonseong), about 1887–92

Albumen print

Peabody Essex Museum

Museum purchase, 2001

PH78.33

 

© Peabody Essex Museum

Portrait of Sentaro

Portrait of Sentaro

Attributed to Harvey R. Marks

1820–1902, United States (born in the United Kingdom)

Portrait of Sentaro, about 1851–52

Daguerreotype with hand-coloring

Peabody Essex Museum

Museum purchase, 2001

M27461

 

© Peabody Essex Museum

Woman at Her Toilette

Woman at Her Toilette

Kusakabe Kimbei

1841–1934, Japan

Woman at Her Toilette, 1880s

Albumen print with hand-coloring

Peabody Essex Museum

Edward Sylvester Morse Collection

 

© Peabody Essex Museum

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