A name forgotten; faded to obscurity now returns a century later with its appearance in The majestic White House and that too on Presidential Inauguration of the 46th President of the United States representing the lost hope coming back to life in the eyes of millions of Americans. Artists possess the power to own immortality through their artworks; be it 10 years later or even a century later: their works speak magnitude about their artistic imagination that is reaching the minds of people a century later.
His artworks attract an ideology of yearning long dreams of emancipation free from the subjugation of the former President and his rules. ‘Landscape with Rainbow’ made in 1859 Oil on canvas was on display at US Capitol on 20th January 2021 gifted by the current first lady Mrs. Jill Biden to the President and Vice President imbued with the hope that embraces aspiration.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC said: ‘Landscape with Rainbow’ by Robert S Duncanson is the first painting by a black artist to be chosen for the inaugural tradition instituted by a congress in 1985”
Described as the ‘greatest landscape painter in the American west’ his strokes now have come up with rays of light exiting darkness from America’s dream. Seeing from the eyes of the artist Robert S Duncanson; he paints a utopian America filled with greenery and lush beauty with cattle grazing and people walking freely with contentment. The people of the USA were not very welcoming to the artist at that time; but his work now coming to the White House speaks a lot of dreams with hope of a new beginning for a better future after facing difficult times with historic crisis, the worst pandemic with 5 million affected by CoVid-19 and the worst economic crisis. Inspired by the Hudson River Valley style; his natural works bring out the real image of the view.
Robert S Duncanson’s artwork selected for the 59th inaugural painting filling us with a ray of illumination with Mr. Joe Biden; 46th President of the United States of America and Mrs. Kamala Harris; the first African-American and Asian American Vice President elected as the 49th Vice President of the United States of America.
The great poet laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson met with an artist with a painting based on Alfred’s poem ‘Land of the Lotus Eaters’ by the artist: Robert S Duncanson with the same title as his poem suggests; looking at which the Tennyson proclaimed “your landscape, is a land in which one loves to wander and linger”.
Amanda Gorman: So we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside. We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another, we seek harm to none and harmony for all.
Credits: Poem By Amanda Gorman
Picture Credits: Google Images