Sunday, 12 September 2010

A "new" world

It's always intriguing to come across "lost" art – in this case, connected with the still-being-absorbed understanding of people and place of a quite recent time. New light, as the cliché might have it, is thrown on this, the American "frontier", with Denver Art Museum's restrospective of Charles Deas' painting from around the 1840s.

As always, a little light is thrown on the life of the painter as well – he apparently painted prolifically until at age 29 he became insane and thereafter lived another couple of decades until his death in mental institutions.

More excellent pictures from The Guardian are here.

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