Jason Sandagon Presents: America: In Portraits and Paintings and Such

A visual journey through the birth of the greatest country in North America featuring our founding fathers doing what they do best, founding a nation. In times of peace and times of war, we travel through time to the revolution and the beginning of the union as curated by self-proclaimed historian, Jason Sandagon.

The first painting in my gallery is of the most prestigious man in American history, George Washington, the Founding Father and first president of the Union. Painted by Gilbert Stuart in Seventeen Ninety-Seven depicts George Washington in the White House as a very welcoming figure. You will notice he stands alone in the center of the painting to show how he is the one leader of the Union. This represents his power in his last year of presidency before voluntarily stepping down.
The second painting in my gallery is of the most influential immigrant in American history. His name is Alexander Hamilton. This portrait painted by John Trumbull in Eighteen Hundred Six depicts a living Alexander Hamilton, though he died in a duel two years prior. The painting show Hamilton looking off into the distance as though he is looking toward the great things that were still to come if he had not been killed by his friend and esteemed colleague Aaron Burr. The painting is lit in such a way as to draw your eye right to Hamilton and away from the emptiness around him.
The third painting in my gallery is a portrait of President Thomas Jefferson. Painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1805 and currently in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. The painting was painted with Oil on wood and is 66.7 centimeters tall by 55.2 centimeters wide. The lighting in the portrait falls evenly on everything allowing the viewer to see all as if Jefferson was an open book and had nothing to hide.
The next painting in my gallery is The Dead Solider by Joseph Wright of Derby. In this painting, equal attention can be given to the foreground and background elements. In the foreground, we see a woman nursing her child over the dead body of a British Solider. The picture has dramatic use of light and shadow reminiscent of the revolutionary war. The brightly saturated Red of the coat on the soldier draws your eye onto him causing you to sympathize with a man who fought against the Union.
The next piece in my gallery is the famous painting Washington Crossing the Delaware as painted by Emanuel Leutze in 1851, long after these events transpired. In this photorealistic painting, you can see the texture, and movement in very last drop of paint from the clouds to water and even the textiles.
The next piece in my gallery is a portrait of the second president of these great United States of America, President John Adams, painted by John Trumbull in 1793. The brush strokes in this painting are very loose as if the portrait was just thrown together. There isn't a tremendous amount of detail except in his eyes.
The next piece of artwork in my gallery is the painting Washington and Lafayette at the Battle of Yorktown as painted by Reuben Law Reed somewhere between the years of 1860 and 1880. The painting is very vivid in color. Washington is in the foreground and appears to be larger than Lafayette to show his authority during the battle. In the painting you also see the troops marching to battle readying their weapons. The lines and brush strokes are bold and loose giving the impression that the painting was more focused on color rather than contexts.
The next painting I selected in my gallery is Washington and his Generals at Yorktown, by James Peale. This painting depicts George Washington on the bank of Virginia's York River, during the battle that would eventually win the United States their freedom from England. There is a strong juxtaposition between the intricate detail of the ships, buildings and people in the foreground; and the strong gradient of the sunset in the sky.
The Sortie from Gibraltar by John Trumbull is a dynamic painting depicting a battle during America's Revolution in which Spain and France failed to best England in Gibraltar. In the painting, the British soldiers are washed in bright light, and they appear to be clean, strong, and victorious. The other people in the painting are dark, disheveled, and flailing, which suggests they are struggling and ultimately losing the battle.
The final portrait I have selected for my gallery is the iconic Benjamin Franklin by Joseph Siffred Duplessis. As with some of the other portraits in the gallery, the background of this painting is simple, and the subject's clothing is more muted. Franklin's face has the most detail, which draws viewers' eyes directly to his.
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