Tuesday, August 21, 2007
A Favorite Painting
George Caleb Bingham, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, 1845. Metropolitan Museum of Art. I think about this painting sometimes, when I'm walking around Lake Balboa, and thought I'd look it up. It's one of my favorites. What are yours?
Yes, he did do the jollyboat men. It appears that painting was so popular that different versions were done, and I was VERY surprised in general at how hard it is to pull up a good and true color version of a well known painting. There are all these art poster shops on the internet which the links take you to, whereas the museums are utterly STINGY in the images they release. Also on superficial run around it appears that information on less famous artists is not easily obtained at all.
Namowal, thanks! I'd never seen this painting before you posted it:
An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump
I remember the name Otto Dix, but none of the images I saw looked familiar.
Here's another one I like, by an early 19th century painter who is interesting to read about, (if you can find the book!) George Catlin, one of the first artists to paint Native Americans.
Katy, just spotted your post. I love George Stubbs paintings, will enjoy following links to others later.
One more by George Caleb Bingham, just a detail but I couldn't find the full image anywhere.