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George Caleb Bingham

 1811-1879

American Genre Painter

Stylistically influenced by the following painters - John Singleton CopleyJohn Trumbull, and Rembrandt Peale

Education - age of sixteen, he was apprenticed to a cabinetmaker. In 1837 Bingham began his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Later he left to study in Europe.

Cause of Death - Pneumonia


Description George Bingham's  Painting style

 George Bingham wore multiple hats throughout his long life, including those of American genre painter and politician. He was born into a family of coopers (barrel makers) and tailors near Charlottesville, Virginia. When young George was eight years old his family moved to Missouri.

He was one of the most gifted American genre painters and excelled at portraying jovial boatmen sailing down the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. He was well regarded for his intellect and vigorous application of color. His style, like his personality, was straightforward and vigorous, sincere and full of life


Top 10 Best Quotes About Art

A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.
 Leonardo da Vinci

I dream my painting and I paint my dream.   Vincent Van Gogh

I shut my eyes in order to see.  Paul Gauguin

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.  
Leonardo da Vinci

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.   Edgar Degas

Absinthe is the only decent drink that suits an artist.  
Paul Gauguin

Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment. Claude Monet

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.  
Leonardo da Vinci

Art is either revolution or plagiarism.  
Paul Gauguin

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.  Michelangelo




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