Fuck Yeah American Art!

A tumblog dedicated to the American arts, focusing on, but not limited to, paintings from the 18th century forward.
ca. 1865, “The Consecration”, George Cochran Lambdin

Painted during the last year of the Civil War, The Consecration recalls the romantic spirit in which many men went off to battle.  In a comfortable Yankee library, filled with the furnishings and flowers that reflect the artist’s interest in still life painting, a beautiful woman kisses the sword of her officer, dedicating it to a noble cause.  The symbolism of Lambdin’s gray-blue color scheme must have been obvious to his postwar audience.  While the emotions aroused by the Civil War inspired many decidedly sentimental paintings, it was left to newspaper artists and photographs to capture the horror of the war that marked the end of America’s era of innocence.

via the Indianapolis Museum of Art, American Collection

ca. 1865, “The Consecration”, George Cochran Lambdin

Painted during the last year of the Civil War, The Consecration recalls the romantic spirit in which many men went off to battle.  In a comfortable Yankee library, filled with the furnishings and flowers that reflect the artist’s interest in still life painting, a beautiful woman kisses the sword of her officer, dedicating it to a noble cause.  The symbolism of Lambdin’s gray-blue color scheme must have been obvious to his postwar audience.  While the emotions aroused by the Civil War inspired many decidedly sentimental paintings, it was left to newspaper artists and photographs to capture the horror of the war that marked the end of America’s era of innocence.

via the Indianapolis Museum of Art, American Collection

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