Collection Theme

Pittsburgh Artists

Carnegie Museum of Art collects 19th- and 20th-century regional painting in its national and international contexts.

Although Pittsburgh’s most famous artists, Mary Cassatt and Andy Warhol, escaped to Paris and New York, respectively, the city has always supported a solid cadre of painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers who recorded its unique terrain, industrial environment, and colorful individuals. During the Civil War era, William Coventry Wall, influenced by the Hudson River School, depicted the pre-industrial landscape, while the biting political and social satire of David Gilmour Blythe’s genre subjects is unique. Pittsburgh’s flaming steel mills and coke ovens became the favored subject of a Russian-born impressionist, Aaron Gorson, in the early 20th century, but the social consequences of industrialization dominated regional art of the 1930s and ’40s, in the work of Clarence Carter, Sam Rosenberg, and Raymond Simboli. Finally, the paintings of John Kane, a self-taught artist “discovered” by the international avant-garde during a Carnegie International exhibition in the 1920s, can be enjoyed as highly accomplished folk art, or unselfconscious masterpieces of Modernism.