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.

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