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Bingham in Dusseldorf

The location does indeed appear idyllic.  (c) Fine Art Investigations, 2019 All Rights Reserved

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“Clear Perception and Practiced Eye”

On this day in 1873, George Caleb Bingham in Kansas City, Missouri, wrote to James S. Rollins in Columbia, Missouri, “I will call by as I go east, and assist in the proper framing of your portrait. It will be … Continue reading

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George Caleb Bingham’s brother-in-law, Dr. Joseph C. Hutchison, was a prominent New York physician when nephew Horace Bingham visited him in 1857.
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Verso Stories: Supporting Actors

What are we to make of these verso stories of the lives of people who survive in name only, but whose labor earned the wealth that allowed the recto subjects to afford a painted portrait?  Continue reading

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Rediscovered Bingham Portraits: The Dunnicas, Part 2

Provenance and art historical research strongly suggested that family lore was true:  George Caleb Bingham painted the heirloom portraits of William Franklin Dunnica and his wife, Martha Jane Shackelford. What Continue reading

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Rediscovered Bingham Portraits: The Dunnicas, Part 1

The logical starting point for researching the authenticity of the portraits was, and is,  E. Maurice Bloch’s Paintings of George Caleb Bingham: A Catalogue Raisonné, but in this case there was a problem to be solved.
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Stories Behind the Portraits: Vestine Porter

Q. “In old portraits, why aren’t people smiling?” A.    (1) They wanted to look honorable and serious, and definitely, not like fool. (2) They had bad teeth. Times and attitudes changed, and people like John King Stark, husband of George … Continue reading

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The Puzzled Witness

With his last genre work, The Puzzled Witness, George Caleb Bingham placed himself at center stage, creating a painting that is both political and personal Continue reading

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