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George Washington

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Alfred Henry Maurer, George Washington, 1932, oil on composition board, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jan de Graaff, public domain, 53.24

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Title

George Washington

Artist

Alfred Henry Maurer (American, 1868-1932)

Date

1932

Medium

oil on composition board

Dimensions (H x W x D)

39 in x 24 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/maker's mark: signed upper left: A. H. Maurer and on reverse

Collection Area

American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jan de Graaff

Accession Number

53.24

Copyright

public domain

Terms

Cubist

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

portraits

presidents

Description

Like many of his generation, Maurer was strongly influenced by European modernism and strove to combine its principles with a uniquely American style. When he left for Europe in 1897, Maurer had achieved critical and financial success for his traditional academic paintings. In France, under the influence of Cubism, Fauvism and the revolutionary intellectual atmosphere, Maurer abandoned his earlier style in favor of brilliantly colored, loosely rendered landscapes and still lifes. Although he never found critical support for his newer work, he continued his exploration of modernism. George Washington is Alfred Maurer's final painting: a dual commemoration of the two-hundredth anniversary of Washington's birth and the one-hundredth birthday of the artist's father, with whom he had a strained relationship.

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