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 graphics 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 without problems to the Thill, than I do to the Painters Chair."―George Washington, may possibly sixteen, 1785

When George Washington used to be born, the hot international had almost no artists. Over the process his lifestyles and occupation, a cultural transformation could take place. nearly every person looked Washington as America's imperative 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 pix. We meet Charles Willson Peale, the comrade-in-arms; John Trumbull, the aristocrat; Benjamin West, the mentor; and Gilbert Stuart, the intense wastrel and so much talented painter of his day.

Howard's narrative strains Washington's interplay with those and different artists, whereas providing a clean and intimate portrait of the 1st president. The Painter's Chair is an interesting narrative of ways America's first painters toiled to create an paintings helpful of the hot republic, and of the hero whom they changed into an icon.

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