James Carroll Beckwith (American artist, 1852-1917) Afternoon Idyll
By the late 1800s, fans were part of the Japonisme props used by American artists. Japonisme is the influence of Japanese art, fashion, & aesthetics on Western culture. Japonisme was a term first applied to art in the 1870s. And, of course, fans were suggested by other cultures as well.
John Toole (American painter, 1815-1860) Elizabeth H S Burton
William Jennys 1774-1858 Woman with a Fan
Cephas Giovanni Thompson (American artist, 1809 – 1888) Young Lady in a Blue Dress
Lee Lufkin Kaula (American, 1865-1957). The Black Fan
Winslow Homer (1836-1910) Detail Spanish Girl with Fan
Francis Luis Mora (Uruguayan-born American Painter, 1874-1940) Mercedes
Of course, there were fans in American paintings before the influence of Japanese culture.
Louise Howland King Cox (American painter, 1865-1945)
De Scott Evans (American artist, 1847 – 1898) The Connoisseur
Edwin Howland Blashfield (American artist , 1848 – 1936) Portrait of the Artist's Wife
Hamilton Hamilton (American artist, 1847 – 1928) Woman with a Fan
James Wells Champney (American artist, 1843 – 1903) The Fan
Guy Pene du Bois (American painter, 1894-1958) Singer with a Fan 1912