The Gilded Age (1865-1900) was a time of marvelous expansion and discovery within the United States. Fueled by pioneers and the rapidly increasing pace of the industrial revolution, this age saw one of the most impressive advances in human knowlege and creativity since the days of the Enlightenment. From the only American female impressionist, Mary Cassatt, to the moody Ryder, the painters of this time altered the visual arts. Walt Whitman and Stephen Crane graced this era with their fine words and began to affect the Western world in an unprecedented way. We invite you to immerse yourself in this time and meet these immortal souls.


John Singer Sargent

His career began when he was at a young age and his work was widely appreciated by the majority of people. He also found a second love for the musical arts as well as the still arts.

James Abbott Whistler

James‘ career shot off after painting his famous Symphony in White. Though he only meant it to be a study in white many people took it to mean the loss of innocence of a new bride.

Mary Cassatt

The only American woman Impressionist, Cassatt was unique in more ways than just her art. Though she was restrained to subjects that were considered ladylike her talent had no bounds.

Winslow Homer

Homer is best known for his marine paintings. His pictures beautifuly mastered the wonders of the maine life, such as whales, fish, and other marine life. In some he also showed the beautiful sunrise or sunset over the watery horizon. Unlike other artists, he had many pieces of different mediums, which was his significance in this period.

Albert Ryder

Known for his moody paintings,Ryder was considered an eccentric and wild painter. This was because he used much more dark and mellow colors than the other painters of the age did. He chose against the bright colors of modern acceptance.

Democratic Vistas -Whitman

Shows the author's discouragement with what he saw in America. The aftermath of the civil war, the death of president Lincoln and even the change from the industrial revolution. Was quite obvious that he was trying to introduce his own plan for a golden age for the new country.

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets -Crane

This book is a short story in which a girl named Maggie from New York City goes through the harsh times with an abusive family and other domestic problems. She eventually goes and falls in love, but gets dumped and left alone. Her step mom refuses to take her back after the fights with her and she is presumed to become a prostitute. At the end you see her brother tell her step mother that they found her remains earlier that day. This was probably an insight into what life could be like on the cruel streets of New York

Looking Back: 2000 to 1887 -Bellamy

This story is very much a Rip Van Winkle story. A cruel very wealthy man in the 1800's must become mesmerized in order to get a good knights sleep in a secret chamber. When his house catches fire and the servant who wakes him assumes him dead he is not awoke till the year 2000. He is amazed at the economy and government. He finds out that the doctor who awoke him daughter is the great granddaughter of his former wife and they are to become married. When he wakes in the night he is scared his trip is a dream but Is happy to see it isn't. This shows the authors thoughts about the government and economy at the time.

The Rise of Silas Lapham -Howells

This is about the rise of Silas Lapham from rags to riches. He earns a fortune in the paint business but lacks social skills which he tries to earn through his daughters marriage to he Corey family. He starts to make the right moral decisions but loses his all money when he will not sell his mills unethically to English settlers.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court -Twain

This is about when a Yankee is transported back to King Arthur‘s court and at first is made fun of and mocked, but with his knowledge of technology quickly captivates the minds of all. He even proves Merlin a fool, and is given the nickname "The Boss". He tries introducing capitalism and other modern ideas. He becomes married and takes over England with guns, dynamite, and electricity. When he slaughters all of the medieval knights Merlin casts a spell so he sleeps till his own time.

Richard Morris Hunt

His philosophy was trying to get out of English architecture and move more towards French architecture. He lived from 1827-1895. He was also trained in France for his building and even designed the base for the Statue of Liberty.

Henry Hobson Richardson

His ideas were very basic but beautiful. While he did this he tried to focus on consistency, clearness, strength, conception, and repose. He was chosen as one of the top architect's in American history. He tries to have a lot of horizontally spread boards and other types of easy shapes and lined to form in his work.

Louis Sullivan

He was the father of the High Rise and believed in building up and not out. Went to school in Chicago and then into MIT at the age of 16. He was also one of the first people to use steal when constructing buildings. He also believed that "From ever follows Function "