Emanuel Leutze⁣⁣ Washington Crossing the Delaware⁣⁣ 1851⁣⁣

7/4/2021, 7:34:03 PM
Emanuel Leutze⁣⁣ Washington Crossing the Delaware⁣⁣ 1851⁣⁣ “Washington Crossing the Delaware is one of the most recoginizable images in the history of American art. You might be surprised, however, to learn that it was not painted by an American artist at work in the United States, but was instead completed by Emanuel Leutze, an artist born in Germany, and that it was painted in Düsseldorf during the middle of the nineteenth century.⁣⁣ Leutze painted two versions of this painting. He began the first in 1849 immediately following the failure of Germany's own revolution. This initial canvas was eventually destroyed during an Allied bombing raid in World War II. The artist began the second version of Washington Crossing the Delaware in 1850. This later painting was transported to New York where it was exhibited in a gallery in October 1851. Two years later, Marshall O. Roberts, a wealthy capitalist, purchased the work for the then-staggering price of $10,000. It was donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1897. It remained there until 1950 when long held curatorial concerns about its bombastic, crowd-pleasing qualities led the museum to send it to Dallas and eventually to a site near the actual river crossing. The painting returned to New York in 1970.⁣⁣ Although he was active in portraiture, Leutze’s fame today rests upon his history paintings, and among these, Washington Crossing the Delaware is the most recognizable and ambitious. It is, in one word, colossal, both in scale and patriotic zeal.”⁣⁣ #paintings #painting #artlovers #artists #famousart #artlegends #art #thearts #everythingart #arteverything #artislife #artislife e🎨 #dailyart #fineart #artoftheday #artstagram #artofinstagram #arthistorian #arthistorynerd #arthistory #historyofart #washingtoncrossingthedelaware #emanuelleutzeart #emanuelleutze #americanhistoryart #georgewashington #washington #fourthofjulyart #firstpresidentoftheunitedstates #georgewashingtonpainting

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