Ladies and gentlemen, this is a George Caleb Bingham appreciation post.
Cause whenever I go to the art museum it always reminds me how much I love this guy.
George Caleb Bingham (March 20, 1811 (AHHHH NO FUCKING WAY WE HAVE THE SAME BIRTHDAY :D :D) – July 7, 1879) was an American artist whose paintings of American life in the frontier lands along the Missouri River exemplify the Luminist style. His family moved to Franklin, Missouri at a young age and made his living as a portrait artist. Later in his life, he was elected to the Missouri General Assembly, the beginning of a lifelong career in politics. He served more appointments throughout the 1850s and during the Civil War was appointed State Treasurer of Missouri. He also served as president of the Kansas City Police Board of Commissioners and Adjutant-General of Missouri. His involvement in politics is reflected in his work, many of his paintings depicting the mundane processes of local politics of the day.
1. Stump Speaking, 1853-54
2. The County Election, 1852
3. Raftsmen Playing Cards, 1847
4. The Jolly Flatboatman, 1846
5. Canvassing For a Vote, 1851-52
6. Martial Law, Order No. 11, 1869-70 (?)
Bingham used to have a studio in the old courthouse here in town actually. His Verdict of the People painting was suppose to be set on the steps of the Boone Country Courthouse.
They made me watch a video of the history of the courthouse before jury duty once. I swear I don’t know EVERYTHING about Missouri history lol.
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