George Durrie, Winter scene in New Haven from artrenewal.com
The first ten were pretty easy, here's where the going gets tough. The second ten in my opinion are:
!) William Merrit Chase
2) James McNeil Whistler
3) Sanford Gifford
4) Childe Hassam
5) Norman Rockwell
6) George Caleb Bingham
7) Frank Benson
8) Thomas Moran
9) Celia Beaux
10) Aldro T. Hibbard ( that might be crazy, but I think he is Americas most underrated artist, indulge me, I've got the conch)
This is a lot harder, and it is much more about individual preferences, but give it a shot. Who is on your list from 10 to 20? I will however set this rule, for fairness sake. If you haven't already weighed in on a top 10 , but want to play, please begin with your top 10 before going on to 11 to 20.
This is obviously a matter of opinion and a game besides so there is no wrong answer. I had about ten revisions before I settled on my second 20 and I didn't use George Durrie only because you would have heckled me. I love his stuff. I also felt like the following artists might have looked good on the list, Jasper Cropsey, John Kensett, Thomas Cole, John Singleton Copley, Reginald Marsh, and Albert Bierstadt.
No one asked about Otis Spann?
This is I think going to be a more varied list than the last, and I am looking forward to see who you will choose, after having been influenced by others choices for the top 10 list.
I get my new laptop at the end of the week, and I will change gears and do more art tutorial stuff, although art history is real important. You need to know what good art looks like in order to make it.