George Caleb Bingham: Frontier Artist, Missouri Politician

Greg Olson

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As a child, George Caleb Bingham dreamed of becoming a painter. He taught himself to paint and learned from other artists when he could. George painted everyday people doing everyday things, like people working on the river or voting in an election. George also had a passion for politics and he became a state legislator in 1848. After the Civil War, George left his political career and became the first professor of art at the University of Missouri.

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As a child, George Caleb Bingham dreamed of becoming a painter. He taught himself to paint and learned from other artists when he could. George painted everyday people doing everyday things, like people working on the river or voting in an election. George also had a passion for politics and he became a state legislator in 1848. After the Civil War, George left his political career and became the first professor of art at the University of Missouri.

George Caleb Bingham’s paintings are a visual history of the wild frontier of a young America. George’s scenes are still popular because they show the beginning of a new nation, full of life and possibilities.

Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: A Boy on the Frontier

Chapter 2: The Young Portrait Painter

Chapter 3: Art and Politics

Chapter 4: Missouri’s Artist

Chapter 5: The Civil War

Legacy: An Artist for Missouri and for America

Timeline

For Further Reading

Index

Image Credits

Authors

Greg Olson has an MA in history from University of Missouri, Columbia, and an MFA in art from University of South Dakota. He is curator of Special Exhibits and Special Projects at the Missouri State Archives, and author of Ioway Life: Reservation and Reform, 1837-1860, Voodoo Priests and Ozark Gypsies: The Life of Folklorist Mary Alicia Owen, and several articles on Missouri history. He is also author of Notable Missourians’ titles Great Walker: Ioway Leader and  Jeffrey Deroine: Ioway Translator, Frontier Diplomat. 

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