Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered

November 12, 2011 - March 4, 2012

1912-32 In celebration of the centenary of the death of the American artist and illustrator Howard Pyle (1853 – 1911), the Delaware Art Museum presented a comprehensive retrospective exhibition.  Pyle was one of America’s most popular illustrators and storytellers during a period of explosive growth in the publishing industry.  His illustrations appeared in magazines like Harper’s Monthly, Collier’s Weekly, St. Nicholas, and Scribner’s Magazine, gaining him national and even international exposure.  The appeal of his imagery made him a celebrity in his lifetime, and Pyle’s widely circulated pictures of knights, pirates, and historical figures influenced depictions of these subjects for generations.  This exhibition presented a fresh perspective on Pyle’s familiar images, by exploring his interaction with the art and culture of his time – effectively re-positioning him within the broader spectrum of 19th-century art.

The Delaware Art Museum was originally founded in 1912 to preserve and exhibit the art of Howard Pyle following his untimely death in November 1911.  Howard Pyle:  American Master Rediscovered served to begin a celebration of the Delaware Art Museum’s first 100 years (1912 – 2012). Click here to learn more about the life and work of Howard Pyle.

An Attack on a Galleon, 1905
Oil on canvas, 29 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Delaware Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1912
Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered on sale now

This beautifully illustrated 192-page book, which accompanied the Museum’s exhibition of the same title, presents the most recent research on Howard Pyle. The book is available for purchase online or in the Museum Store.
Books are $40.50 for Members and $45 for Non-Members.



The Attack upon the Chew House, 1898
Oil on canvas, 23 1/4 x 35 1/4 inches
Delaware Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1912
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The Flying Dutchman, 1900
Howard Pyle (1853-1911)
Oil on canvas, 71 3/8 x 47 1/2 inches
Delaware Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1912
The Buccaneer Was a Picturesque Fellow, 1905
Oil on canvas, 30 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Delaware Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1912


This exhibition is made possible by DuPont, supporting exhibitions and programs related to the Museum’s Centennial Celebration. The Foundation Sponsor is Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support is provided by Wyeth Foundation for American Art, Starrett Foundation, Howard Pyle Brokaw, and Roberts and Allison Brokaw. In Delaware, funding is also provided through grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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