Here I've captured some of the art seen in characters' houses on thirtysomething. As I compiled this collection, it was apparent the art reinforced the characterizations. Much of it has strong Philadelphia roots. Hope, a mother with a young daughter, decorated with a poster of a mother and young daughter (painted by Cassatt, an artist with strong Philadelphia roots). Elliot and Nancy, both artistic and registered Democrats, have two posters from a New Deal government program that provided work to artists.
Where possible, I've identified the art and where you can buy a print. In many cases, though, I need your help. If you recognize a work of art, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
|In this shot from Ep 102 - Parents are Coming, you can see Mary Cassatt's 1897 painting Maternal Kiss, which is on display at the Museum of Art in the city where Michael, Hope & Janey live - Philadelphia. You can buy the poster in the museum's online shop.|
Mary Stevenson Cassatt was born on May 22, 1844 in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania (annexed by Pittsburgh in 1907). In 1855 her family moved to Philadelphia, where she attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1861-65.
|In this shot from Ep 203 - The Mike Van Dyke Show, you can see Pierre Bonnard's 1914 painting After the Shower, which is on display at the Museum of Art in the city where Michael, Hope & Janey live - Philadelphia. At one time, you could buy the poster in the museum's online shop. Maybe you can still get it at the shops in the museum.|
Thank you Matthew Patin for identifying this one:
The "Art Expo" print is by David B. McMacken, 1980. You can find it here: http://www.mcmackengraphics.com/cgi-local/content.cgi?s=5&c=39&p=774.
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