The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

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In the Metropolitan Museum of Art, two paintings are exhibited taking place in the 1800s. These artists have similarities and differences viewpoints of the environment in their painting and it helps people get a glance of what the 1800s were like. The first painting was by a man named George Caleb Bingham. Bingham was born March 20, 1811, Augusta County, Virginia to Mary Amend and Henry Vest Bingham and died July 7, 1879, in Kansas City, Missouri. Bingham was a self taught artist. He’s well known for his painting like The Country Election. He was actually a Democratic activist and used his art to demonstrate his position. Bingham’s nationality was American. His famous art piece was titled Fur Traders Descending the Missouri. This…show more content…
Three specific details that indicate that the artist is a close observer are one, the blood marks on the duck that one can assume his son shot at in order to eat on their way to their trade point. Two, if observed closely, one can see a flock of birds flying toward the sunlight draw lightly to demonstrate the illusion of afar. Three, one can see native symbols on the quilt that the son is leaning on. The painting is painted as if the viewers are on land watching the father and son rowing the boat towards possibly the end of the Mississippi river. The water is clear and it reflects everything in the boat. Both the father and son are calm. The son is lounging and the father is smoking a pipe giving off a calm mood. The artist uses curves to help demonstrate the son’s boredom by making look as if he’s slouching. Bingham made the father and son’s body to connect and make a semicircle. Bingham uses spring colors, happy colors, to portray a relaxed mood. He uses soft colors, for instance the soft red color of the father shirt and the matte color black of the cat’s fur the keep the tranquil feeling. The second painting was by a man named Winslow Homer. Homer was born in February 24, 1836, Boston, Massachusetts to Charles Savage Homer and Henrietta Benson Homer. He attended the National Academy of Design, which helped him develop as an artist. Homer was very artistic he did drawing, wood engraving, oil painting, and watercolor painting
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