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Appleton Book Club: “The Painter’s Chair”
March 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Announcing our new virtual book club that meets once a month on Zoom to discuss works of nonfiction that have been hand selected by Appleton staff. The March meeting will discuss “The Painter’s Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art,” by Hugh Howard
Led by Museum Educator Hollis Mutch, the book club is open to everyone. Participation is free and easy! Buy or borrow the book and read at your own pace. Register for the Appleton Book Club meeting here on Eventbrite. Login details for the Zoom session will be sent in your confirmation email.
About this book: When George Washington was born, the New World had virtually no artists. Over the course of his life, a cultural transformation would occur. Nearly everyone regarded Washington as America’s indispensable man, and the early painters and sculptors were no exception. Hugh Howard surveys the founding fathers of American painting through their portraits of Washington. Charles Willson Peale was the comrade-in-arms, John Trumbull the aristocrat, Benjamin West the mentor, and Gilbert Stuart the brilliant wastrel. Their images of Washington fed an immense popular appetite that has never faded, Stuart’s image endures today on the $1 bill. “The Painter’s Chair” is an eloquent narrative of how America’s first painters toiled to create an art worthy of the new republic, and the hero whom they turned into an icon.