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I like George Caleb Bingham's 1854 painting "Stump Speaking" (full-size; *very* large) because it shows a wide range of men, both physically and in their stations in life. The crowd has gathered to listen to a local political candidate's speech. The term arose because the speakers would elevate themselves on a sawed-off tree stump so that the onlookers could see and hear them better. Below are some details of men from the crowd (click to enlarge.) The colors are a little different in the full versus smaller segments, because I shot the details myself directly from the painting in the St. Louis Art Museum.












Date: 2010-09-19 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maxauburn.livejournal.com
I like those men in the painting very much!

Have you been to the Chicago Art Institute? I was there just once during the big snowstorm of spring 1978.

My best friend and I walked 16 blocks in 3 foot deep snow ( Buses not running at that point.) with old tennis rackets tied to the bottoms of our shoes.

We felt like arctic explorers as we slowly trudged our towards our destination.

We were not surprised to see that we were among only perhaps a half dozen souls who had braved the fierce storm.

It was worth the harrowing trip; the artwork was exquisite! It was like a private exhibition with so few people there

My favorite painting here at the Philadelphia Museum Of art? An oil rendition of an admiral. He was carrying a few extra pounds, as they say, had a long, graying gotee, and was quite bald.. a very attractive man! You would love this painting.

Date: 2010-09-22 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] men-in-full.livejournal.com
I try to get to the Art Institute whenever I go to Chicago, which admittedly isn't often. Love the place. You were so lucky to roam through it when it was mostly deserted.

One reason I started m_i_f was to have a place to display all the historical paintings I'd seen/collected, of big men of the past. There was none of the joking/clownish treatment to which fat men are so often subjected in the modern media. These men looked good and they knew it! :D

Date: 2010-09-19 02:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kdotdammit.livejournal.com
Wonderful stuff.

Date: 2010-09-22 04:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] men-in-full.livejournal.com
Thanks! *beams*

Date: 2010-09-20 02:00 am (UTC)
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I love that painting. It always makes me wonder what story Mark Twain would have written to go with it.

Date: 2010-09-22 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] men-in-full.livejournal.com
That's the joy of Bingham - each one of the faces in the painting seems to have a whole story associated with it.

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