Monday, June 29, 2020

George Caleb Bingham

 George Caleb Bingham, Fur trader study, for Fur Traders Descending the Missouri (1845) and the second later version, Trappers’ Return (1851), brush, black ink and wash over pencil on off-white wove paper, 11-1/2″ x 9-1/2″

(March 20, 1811 – July 7, 1879)

George Caleb Bingham, 1845, Oil on canvas, 29 in × 36.5 in

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

George Caleb Bingham (March 20, 1811 – July 7, 1879) was an American artist, soldier and politician known in his lifetime as "the Missouri Artist".[1] Initially a Whig, he was elected as a delegate to the Missouri legislature before the American Civil War where he fought the extension of slavery westward. During that war, although born in Virginia, Bingham was dedicated to the Union cause and became captain of a volunteer company which helped keep the state from joining the Confederacy, and then served four years as Missouri's Treasurer. During his final years, Bingham held several offices in Kansas City, while also serving as Missouri's Adjutant General.[2] His paintings of American frontier life along the Missouri River exemplify the Luminist style.

George Caleb Bingham


A Closer Look: George Caleb Bingham's "Fur Traders Descending the Missouri"

 Recent conservation studies at The Metropolitan Museum of Art provide new insights into George Caleb Bingham's working process and his painting technique. Produced in conjunction with the exhibition "Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River," on view June 17–September 20, 2015.

Sunday, June 21, 2020


   Graphite sketch on 6.375"x 9"drafting paper for an advertisement of a beverage, depicting 
a golfer with his bag and trophy, celebrating his win.


Robert Oliver Skemp was born in Pennsylvania to the artist and prominent rug designer, Olive Hess Skemp (1887–1962). Skemp attended the Art Students League in New York where he practiced under the instruction of Thomas Hart Benton, George Luks, and Harry Ballinger. He continued his artistic education at the Grand Central Art School in New York and with a trip to France and Spain. As a young man, he also joined the merchant marines and travelled by ship to Europe, Asia, India, and South America.

Skemp mainly created colorful advertising images, including pin-up style scenes for Coca Cola and Ford Motor Company and illustrations for magazines such as Colliers, Liberty, and Saturday Evening Post. Leaving behind his commercial work in New York and Chicago to settle in Connecticut, he specialized in portraits of American officials, businessmen, and other wealthy patrons later in his career, including General Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964), New York Congressman Walter Gresham Andrews (1889–1949) (Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives), and art collector William Hayes Ackland (1855–1940) (William Hayes Ackland Estate Colleciton). Skemp was a founding member of the American Society of Marine Arts in 1978 and often painted detailed illustrations of 19th century clipper ships and other maritime scenes.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Charlie Allen


 "These posters don't need too much explanation....pretty typical billboard advertising of the day. On most, a rather tight gouache technique in keeping with 1950's illustration styles. The loose techniques of the 60's hadn't arrived."  .......