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~

December 30~ Animals in Art

Untitled (Dancing Dog)  by  Keith Haring

1981 / Sumi ink, and acrylic on paper mounted on canvas / 107”x186” / Private collection

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Standing Glass Fish  by  Frank Gehry

1986 / Wood, glass, steel, silicone, plexiglass, and rubber / 22 feet high /
Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, on long-term loan from the Minneapolis/Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden

December 17~ Animals in Art

Leopard Caryatid Stool / Bamileke people, Bandjoun kingdom, Cameroon

Possibly 19th century / Wood, cotton, fabric, and glass beads /
20 1/16”x14 15/16”x16 15/16” / Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
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Basset Standing with Head Turned to the Right  by  Antoine-Louis Barye

c.1841 / Bronze with dark brown over warm red-brown patina / 6 1/4”x12 1/4”x4 1/4” /
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

December 2~ Animals in Art

Pair of fittings in the form of tigers / Middle Western Zhou dynasty

Around 850-900 B.C. / Bronze / 10”x6 1/4” / Freer Gallery of Art|Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, D.C.≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈

Two Dogs / Roman statue found 1774

1st or 2nd century A.D. / White marble / La Venaria Reale, Turin, Italy, on loan from Pius-Clementine Museum, Vatican Museums

December 1~ Animals in Art

Caves of Lascaux / Upper Paleolithic period

c.17,000-c.15,000 B.C. / Cave painting and rock engraving / Dordogne region of southwestern France

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Guennol Lioness / Ancient Mesopotamia

c.3000-2800 B.C. / Magnesite or Crystalline Limestone / 3 1/4” high / Private collection

November 26~ Artists at their Easels

Self-Portrait  by  James A. Porter

c.1935 / Oil paint on linen / 14”x12” / National Museum of African American History & Culture

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The Painter and his Family  by  André Derain

c.1939 / Oil paint on canvas / 69 1/2”x48 3/4” / Tate Gallery

November 24~ Artists at their Easels

Self Portrait  by  Dame Laura Knight

c.1913 / Oil on canvas / 23 2/5”x23 2/5” / Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈

Self-Portrait  by  Alberto Giacometti

1921 / Oil on canvas /32 1/2”x28 3/10” / Musée Picasso Paris, Paris, France