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George Caleb Bingham Oil Painting Reproductions

(March 20, 1811 - July 7, 1879, American, Realist) Biography

Fur Traders Descending the Missouri painting reproduction, George Caleb Bingham
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George Caleb Bingham
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George Caleb Bingham was an American realist artist, whose work depicts American life in the frontier lands along the Missouri River. Left to languish in obscurity, George's work was rediscovered in the 1930s and he is now widely considered one of the greatest American painters of the 1800s. George was a self-taught artist. His sole childhood exposure to the field was as a nine-year-old boy, when famed American portraitist Chester Harding visited Franklin looking for business, having recently sketched Daniel Boone in Warren County, Missouri. George assisted Harding during his brief stay, an experience that left a powerful impression.

From 1856 to 1859, Bingham studied art with the members of the Düsseldorf School in Düsseldorf, Germany. Critics claim that this caused him to abandon the rustic American style in his art. Upon his return, he began painting less, turning to politics in the post-Civil War years and serving as state treasurer and adjutant general. He was also president of the Board of Police Commissioners for Kansas City, Missouri in 1874, appointing the first chief of police there. Toward the end of his life he was a professor of art at the University of Missouri-Columbia.