To commemorate the Civil War and the150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Detroit Institute of Arts
presents a new installation of American art that explores the themes of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln and the abolition of slavery. The works will be on view beginning Dec. 27 and will become part of the permanent collection galleries in the Richard A. Manoogian Wing of American art.
The works are:
Patriotic Bouquet (1861), George Henry Halls still life with red, white and blue flowers coming out of the muzzle of a rifle
At the Front (1866), George C. Lambins moving image of a weary Union officer
The Boyhood of Lincoln (1868), Eastman Johnsons great historic portrait, on loan from the University of Michigan Museum of Art
Civil War Scene (187071), by William Rimmer, which shows a wounded soldier reclining beneath a tree, gazing at a keepsake, in front of a scene showing carnage from a recent battle
Sunday Morning (1876), by Thomas Waterman Wood, which celebrates the fruits of Emancipation by showing a young African American girl reading to her aged grandmother
Abraham Lincoln, The Man (modeled 188487, cast 1911), a reduced version of Augustus Saint-Gaudens monumental sculpture in Chicagos Lincoln Park
The Civil War began in 1861, and while the immediate cause was the secession of 11 slave-holding states, most present-day historians agree that the underlying cause was slavery. On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued an Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in Confederate territories. The Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery because it did not apply to slaves in states that had not seceded. But by making the abolition of slavery a war goal, it paved the way for the ratification in 1865 of the 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery throughout the United States.