Fine Art Investigations is devoted to preserving the artistic and historic legacy of George Caleb Bingham Portraits. Since 1999, Patricia Moss of Fine Arts Investigations has:
- Located nearly 70 “lost” George Caleb Bingham Portraits — a still ongoing task that gained her the nickname, the Bingham Lady
- In 2010, the Smithsonian’s Research and Scholars’ Center published an article on Moss, The Bingham Lady: An Interview
- Curated George Caleb Bingham: Witness to History, (September 2013 –), Jackson County Art Museum, Independence, Missouri.
- As one several guest curators, outlined the Bingham Bicentennial Exhibit, Steamboats to Steam Engines: George Caleb Bingham’s Missouri: 1819-1879, (March 10-September 8, 2011) at the Truman Presidential Museum, Independence, Missouri
- Identifies re-discovered Bingham portraits with replicable research:
- Verifiable dates of execution
- Documentation that the lives of the artist and the subject intersected at the date of execution
- Comparative analysis with not only Bingham portraits, but also the work of his students, colleagues, and other artists in the region at the same time
- Consultation with other Bingham scholars
- Scientific analysis as needed
- Compiles the stories/ histories of the people portrayed by George Caleb Bingham for a book in progress to give a new historical perspective through the artist’s life and the lives of his subjects. Some of the Stories Behind the Portraits can be found in blogs on this site.
- Brokers sales of previously known George Caleb Bingham portraits to Bingham collectors
If you have a George Caleb Bingham portrait or a question concerning a possible Bingham portrait, please contact Fine Art Investigations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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