This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Left: Alexander Pope (American, 1849-1924), The Wild Swan, 1900, oil on canvas, 57 x 44 1/2 inches, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California. Museum purchase, gifts from members of the Boards of Trustees, The M.H. de Young Museum Society, the Patrons of Art and Music, Friends of the Museums, and by exchange, Sir Joseph Duveen, 72.28
Wild Spaces, Open Seasons is the first major exhibition to explore American artists; fascination with hunters, fishermen, and the sporting life in paintings and sculptures from the 1820s through the 1940s. Illuminating changing ideas about place, national identity, community, wildlife, and the environment, the exhibition offers compelling new insights into these meaningful pastimes.