Portraits of Influential men

The works of art that I have included in this gallery are all portraits of the men that have made a huge difference for our country and world in a huge way. They were all once men who were Presidents of the United States, revolutionary artists, Generals of the United States Army or poets/authors. They may not all have had the same occupation but one thing is for certain: They all greatly impacted our world that we live in today.

This portrait of Vincent Van Gogh was painted in the spring of 1887 by himself. He painted this portrait on cardboard with oil paint. It was featured in many exhibitions. One exhibit that it was featured in was "Van Gogh: Face to Face" at the Detroit Institute of Arts. I am including this portrait in this show because Vincent Van Gogh was not just a famous painter, he changed the way people look at art today because art no longer had to represent a specific object. Artists intent became important.
This portrait of George C. Marshall was painted in 1949. Thomas Edgar Stephens painted it on canvas with oil paint. It was featured in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. You can see the portrait in the "Twentieth-Century Americans" exhibition on the third floor of the Smithsonian Museum. I am including this portrait in the show because Marshall was responsible for monumentally increasing the size of U.S. army, he came up with the economic recovery program for Europe known as the Marshall Plan. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1954.
This portrait was painted in 1659 by Rembrandt himself. It was painted on canvas with oil paint. It is currently displayed at the National Gallery of Art. It has been featured in many exhibitions around the world. I chose to have this portrait in my show because Rembrandt was considered one of the greatest painters in European and Dutch history.
This particular portrait of Alexander Hamilton was painted by John Trumbull in 1806. It was donated to both the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. I chose to feature this portrait in my show because Alexander Hamilton was one of the founding fathers of the United States.
This portrait of JFK was painted by Elaine de Kooning in 1963. She was commissioned to paint the portrait of the President to be hung in the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri. Oil on canvas was the medium that the artist used. I chose this portrait to be in my show because JFK was the 35th president of the United States.
This portrait was painted in 1987 by Everett Raymond Kinstler. Oil on canvas was the medium that the artist used. The artists representation was painted at the Presidents request specifically for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. The artist based the portrait on sketches that he had drawn in the late 1970s. I chose to feature this portrait in my show because Ford was the 38th President of the United States who had led the United States out of the Watergate era.
This portrait was painted by William Arthur Smith in 1961. The artist used oil on canvas as a medium. It was donated to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery as a gift from the Kent-Lucas Foundation.I chose to feature this portrait in my show because Sandburg was an endless singer of America. He was a poet that seemed to embody America in his writing. People always said that his heart was in the right place.
This portrait was painted in 1887 by George Peter Alexander Healy. The artist used oil on canvas as a medium. There is a replica of the original portrait also made by him. The portrait was transferred from the National Gallery of Art to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. I chose to feature this portrait in my show because Lincoln was considered to be one of the Greatest Presidents that the United States has ever had. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation called for the end of slavery.
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