George Caleb Bingham

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George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879) was an American painter whose artworks of American life along the Missouri River exemplify the Luminist style. Artist of Missouri and the American Frontier, Bingham is best known for his genre scenes. His artworks include portrait, genre, landscape, and history painting but Portraiture was by far George’s most prolific artistic genre. His paintings rank among the nation’s greatest art treasures.

Bingham’s paintings from 1845-55—the decade of his best work—generally relate to life and commerce along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, and to the American scene involving the people of Missouri in and around St. Louis, Columbia, Jefferson City, Arrow Rock, Boonville, and Kansas City. [1]


Lighter Relieving the Steamboat Aground, 1847, at The White House.


Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, ca. 1845.


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