Monday, February 20, 2017


"Portrait of George Washington," oil on canvas, circa 1797, by Gilbert Stuart. Public domain. On display at Tacoma Art Museum, as part of the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art.


Happy Presidents Day. I was privileged to spend some time with this painting last week.

I'm always amazed at what art looks like in real life. When I get to see it as a reproduction, I always try to imagine what the original is like.

The original is always better. The colors are richer. The brushstrokes and texture of the paint can be seen.

But I always imagined this canvas larger and grander. It's smaller size and the fact that it is swallowed by its frame appeals to me.

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