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George Washington, #6,903

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George Washington, #6,903

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Howard Finster
American, 1916–2001




Paint on board

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48 x 48 1/8 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 408


George Washington was the subject of Finster’s first painting, and the artist continued to portray his hero in a wide array of poses and at different ages. Finster felt a mystical connection to Washington, who also serves here as a figure of loss, evincing the painter’s nostalgia for a potent kind of integrity he felt the modern world had forgotten. In this portrait, the president’s head materializes amid a proliferation of details that blends Washington’s torso with the background and renders him at once spiritual and physical as his massive face rises amid the throng.


T. Marshall Hahn Collection

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© Howard Finster/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York