The Painter's Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art

The Painter's Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art

Hugh Howard

An eloquent new examine the beginnings of the yankee republic―through the snap shots of its first icon, George Washington, and the painters who outlined him.

"I am so hackneyed to the touches of the painters pencil, that i'm now altogether at their beck…no dray strikes extra with no trouble to the Thill, than I do to the Painters Chair."―George Washington, may perhaps sixteen, 1785

When George Washington was once born, the recent international had nearly no artists. Over the process his existence and profession, a cultural transformation might ensue. nearly all people seemed Washington as America's fundamental guy, and the early painters and sculptors have been no exception. Hugh Howard brings to lifestyles the founding fathers of yankee portray, and the elusive Washington himself, during the background in their photos. We meet Charles Willson Peale, the comrade-in-arms; John Trumbull, the aristocrat; Benjamin West, the mentor; and Gilbert Stuart, the bright wastrel and so much proficient painter of his day.

Howard's narrative lines Washington's interplay with those and different artists, whereas delivering a clean and intimate portrait of the 1st president. The Painter's Chair is a fascinating narrative of the way America's first painters toiled to create an artwork necessary of the hot republic, and of the hero whom they became an icon.

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