The Butler collection includes works from four centuries, and is assembled in Butler galleries in chronological order according to the history of America.
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A connoisseur's tour of the Butler's permanent collection begins with Snap the Whip by Winslow Homer, the centerpiece of the museum's nineteenth century holdings. This depiction of children playing in front of a one-room school house has become America's Mona Lisa.
Roadside Meeting, by Albert Pynkam Ryder, After the Hunt by William Michael Harnett, and two magnificent portraits by American realist Thomas Eakins are a part of the Butler's 19th century holdings.
Hudson River School painters are well represented in the Butler's collection with works by Seth Eastman, Thomas Cole, Asher Brown Durand and Thomas Doughty. All pay poetic tribute to a beloved American region.
The Butler's Marine Collection spans four American decades, and includes paintings by Fitz Hugh Lane, Martin Johnson Heade, Edward Moran, John Marin and Arthur G. Dove.
American Impressionism is well represented in the Butler's collection with In Flanders Field-Where Soldiers Sleep and Poppies Grow by Robert Vonnoh taking center stage. Other American Impressionist works on view are by Edward Potthast, Theodore Robinson, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt and Gari Melchers.
The Institute's American Western collection includes prized works in this genre. With the Native American portraits and sensitive canvases depicting Hopi life by Elbridge Ayer Burbank, and the beautiful Oregon Trail by Albert Bierstadt as its core, this collection has become an historical record of the American experience.
Butler paintings by members of The Eight include Cafe Francis by George Luks, as well as important works by John Sloan, Robert Henri, Maurice Prendergast and Everett Shinn. Early twentieth century works by Kenneth Hayes Miller, Charles Sheeler, and Georgia O'Keeffe are also featured in this collection.
Other important twentieth century works include Pennsylvania Coal Town, a masterpiece by Edward Hopper that pays tribute to the common man, and September Wind and Rain a fantastic landscape by modernist master Charles Burchfield. Contemporary masters including Robert Rauschenberg, Chuck Close, and George Segal are also represented in Butler collection galleries.
A tour of the Butler Institute would not be complete without a visit to the Donnell Gallery of American Sports Art. From boxing subjects by George Bellows to an Andy Warhol portrait of baseball great Pete Rose, virtually every sport can be seen in this gallery.