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Artist:
David Levinthal, born San Francisco, CA 1949  Search this
Sitter:
George Washington  Search this
Medium:
inkjet print
Dimensions:
61 × 79 in. (154.9 × 200.7 cm)
Type:
Photography
Date:
2013
Exhibition Label:
One of the most repeated stories about the nation's first president is his famous Delaware River crossing on December 25, 1776, during the Revolutionary War. As a general in the Continental army, George Washington led 2,400 soldiers across the river in the middle of the night during a severe snowstorm. Levinthal focuses on the toy figure of Washington standing tall and pointing decisively ahead, unimpeded by ice and wind. The artificiality of the figure is immediately apparent, underscoring the fiction that lies at the heart of how Americans visualize this historic event.
Topic:
Figure group\male  Search this
Occupation\political\president  Search this
Occupation\military\soldier  Search this
Dress\uniform\military uniform  Search this
Architecture\boat\rowboat  Search this
History\United States\Revolution  Search this
Occupation\military\general  Search this
Landscape\river\Delaware River  Search this
Portrait male\full length  Search this
Object\other\flag  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Donald Standford Rosenfeld, Jr.
Object number:
2017.41.9
Restrictions & Rights:
© 2013, David Levinthal
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2017.41.9