February 12, 1809: Abraham Lincoln Is Born in Hodgenville, KY

railsplitter“Lincoln the Railsplitter” by Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) 84.5” by 44.5” Oil on canvas
Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collections. ©NR Family Agency.

In 1962, Lincoln First Federal Savings & Loan Assn in WA commissioned this painting for the lobby of their headquarters in Spokane. Rockwell completed it in 1965 and it was unveiled on November 4th of that year. After the bank merged with Washington Mutual Savings Bank, the painting was moved to Seattle, no longer on public display; in the early 1990s it was sold to Texas businessman H. Ross Perot. In 2006, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, purchased it in a sale at Christie’s Auction House, and “Lincoln the Railsplitter” was once again available to the public.

“Artworks of Lincoln were produced for many reasons—for news, politics, sale, and commemoration—and in a variety of media, such as prints, paintings, sculptures, and photographs.”
http://www.civilwarinart.org/exhibits/show/lincoln/introduction/picturing-lincoln

“Scholars estimate that Lincoln sat for 33 photographers and 127 portraits in his lifetime…”
http://content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1876750_1840177,00.html

“The statue of President Abraham Lincoln [in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol] depicts him with a serious, contemplative expression. Sculpted by the first female artist commissioned to create a work of art for the United States government.”
https://www.aoc.gov/art/other-statues/abraham-lincoln-statue

“Iconic Abraham Lincoln portraits”
http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/iconic-abraham-lincoln-portraits/

Previous February 12 posts:

February 12~ African-American visual artists

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/12~

February 8, 1828~ Author Jules Verne is born

Illustration by N.C. Wyeth for Jules Verne’s book “The Mysterious Island”
Originally published 1874; N.C. Wyeth version first published 1918

1918 / Oil on canvas / 38 5/8”x28 3/16” / Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA

Previous February 8 posts:

February 8~ African-American visual artists

February 8~ First Opera in North America

February 8~ Chinese New Year 2016

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/8~

February 2~ Groundhog Day

Illustration by Arthur Rackham of woodchuck* family
for Margery Williams Bianco’s book “Poor Cecco

Originally published 1925 / Illustrations: photomechanical color process /
175 pages / George H. Doran Company, New York

* Groundhogs are also variously referred to as woodchucks, whistle-pigs, or land-beavers

Previous February 2 posts:

February 2~ African-American visual artists

Loren MacIver: Born February 2, 1909

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/2~

 

Winter~ January 4

Snowball fight (detail), December, Hours of Adelaide of Savoy, Duchess of Burgundy

c.1460-1465 / Illuminated manuscript on parchment / 8 3/5”x5 9/10” / Musée Condé, Chantilly, France

 

Snowball fight (detail), December, Prayer Book (fragment) / Flemish

c.1520-1530 / Ink and paint on parchment / 3 9/16”x2 9/16” / Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

Winter~ January 3

January (detail), from Cycle of the Months /
Attributed to Czech painter Maestro Venceslao (Master Wenceslas)

1390-1400s / Frescoes in Torre Aquila (Aquila Tower), castle of Buonconsiglio, Trento, Italy

February, from Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry by the Limbourg Brothers

c.1412-1416 / Illuminated manuscript on vellum parchment / 8 4/5”x5 1/3” / Musée Condé, Chantilly, France