Exhibition runs December 16, 2012–March 24, 2013
Ernest Hüpeden was a German-born visionary artist who immigrated to the United States as a young man. After finding his way to southwestern Wisconsin, he made a living as an itinerant artist by exchanging paintings—on canvas, glass, walls, and even furniture—for food and lodging. Hüpeden’s documenting of rural American life, in this and other paintings created during his wanderings, reflects the nostalgia, patriotism, aspirations, and values of his patrons as well as the larger values of a state and nation on the rise. This is the first major exhibition of the artist’s paintings and includes a number of recently restored works.
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