Fur Traders Descending the Missouri

George Caleb Bingham American

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In the summer of 1845, Bingham returned to his St. Louis home from a winter stay in central Missouri, bringing with him several paintings and sketches. This was one of those works that he later sent to New York’s American Art-Union, a subscription-based organization that promoted American art nationally through exhibitions and the distribution of popular prints. Titled by the artist "French Trader & Half breed Son", the Art-Union changed it to the more generic and less controversial "Fur Traders Descending the Missouri". Bingham, who began his career as a portraitist, produced this distinctive genre painting with little precedent in his oeuvre. The tranquil scene, with its luminous atmosphere, idealized the American frontier for the benefit of an Eastern audience.

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#4342. Fur Traders Descending the Missouri

Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, George Caleb Bingham (American, Augusta County, Virginia 1811–1879 Kansas City, Missouri), Oil on canvas, American

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