“Fur Traders Descending the Missouri”
By George Caleb Bingham
1845, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
In 1845 Bingham began the series of narrative scenes of frontier life upon which his reputation rests. “Fur Traders Descending the Missouri”, the earliest of his masterworks, is still considered his best and most iconic painting. It is also the simplest of his multifigure scenes: it depicts a grizzled pipe-smoking fur trader, a smiling youth, and a tethered baby bear, all posed in a long thin dugout canoe. Out of the wilderness they appear, gliding silently on the placid water, gazing at you and you at them.
Riverboatmen, considered a rough and carefree bunch, were a more familiar sight than fur traders. In his first depiction of them—“The Jolly Flatboatmen” (1846)—Bingham showed the hard working boatmen enjoying themselves as their day began on the river. With their celebration invitingly filling most of the picture plane, the spectator glides along behind them enjoying the moment. Its vicarious joy is irresistible; its classically organized and finely crafted composition becomes for the viewer a clear and memorable image.
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—Walter Winchell, reporter
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"A forty-one inch bust and a lot of perseverance will get you more than a cup of coffee—a lot more."
~From Here They Are Jayne Mansfield by Raymond Strait
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