Art of the United States: 1800 – 1900

While the European tradition loomed large for the artists of the new republic of the United States, the nineteenth century saw the development of styles of art that reflected the unique values of this brand-new country.

Anna Pottery, Snake Jug, c. 1865, stoneware with painted decoration, 31.75 x 21.11 x 22.07 cm (Minneapolis Institute of Art)
The makers of this ostentatious ceramic jug used images from popular satire to poke fun at the Civil War politics.

Anna Pottery, Snake jug