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By Jules David Prown, John Walker, Alexis Gregory

The tale of yankee portray starts within the Colonial interval, within the 17th century. «The most evident truth approximately early American painting,» writes Jules David Prown, «is that there has been so little of it. whilst ecu colonists started to identify everlasting settlements at the japanese flank of North the US, that they had different issues on their minds than the portray of images. confronted with a urgent necessity to meet their basic lifestyles needs—food, defend, clothing—they followed a lifestyle and a view of the realm that used to be inevitably pragmatic. For them the humanities appeared dangerously beside the point, a distraction from the intense initiatives handy. That pragmatic angle has characterised American tradition from its inception to the current day, and has profoundly affected the trajectory of yank art.»

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In 1806 he painted the fascinating Exhuming the Mastodon (Peale Museum, Baltimore, Maryland) which recalled Peak's 1801 expedition to recover dinosaur's bones discovered in a swamp on a New York farm. It shows a large wheel and bucket chain operated by a human treadmill dredging water from the pit in which the bones had been located. Peak's The Artist in His Museum of 1822 (Pennsylvania Academy portrait of two of his sons, Raphaelle of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) portrait of the artist standing in his dual interest in art and science bones in is is a final museum on indicated monument to a long career, a self- the second floor of Independence Hall.

It calls specific attention to the tip of the hook, reinforced by a triangular wedge of light on the stem of the boat, and to the nose of the shark. There is a sense of pending but uncertain impact. Will the men in the boat grasp the boy before the shark gets him? Will the boathook stop the shark? All is held in suspense. The scene is tautly bound within a pyramidal arrangement, and despite its transitory nature, is locked in place forever. This monumental painting has sometimes been considered an important example of proto-Romanticism, anticipating such later works as Gericault's Raft of the Medusa.

They also postulated that history provided similar evidence of the creative potential of unspoiled man; in classical Greece and Rome, before corrupt institutions had arisen, man had created ideal societies where the highest standards of justice, virtue, courage, beauty, morality and every imaginable social good obtained. Civilization had declined ever since, but classical antiquity demonstrated what man could achieve when free of corruption, providing a model for eighteenth century man as he worked to rebuild his own society.

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