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A German Immigrant Inquiring His Way (work of art)

Artwork Info

Created
1855
Nationality
American
Birth/Death
1824-1900
Dimensions
36 1/8 x 29 in.
(91.8 x 73.7 cm)
Medium
Painting

Credit

Purchased with funds from the State of North Carolina

Culture
American

About

This amusing encounter between the Old World and the New has a troubling background. Throughout the nineteenth century, successive waves of immigration, especially from non-English-speaking Europe, alarmed many native-born Americans. In the 1850s ethnic riots broke out in New York and other cities. Virulently nativist politicians won elections in many states and even contended for the presidency. In 1855 when this picture was first exhibited, many people would have viewed both the newly arrived German family and the Black laborer as outsiders.

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  • Blauvelt A German Immigrant Inquiring His Way 1855

    A German Immigrant Inquiring His Way by Charles Felix Blauvelt