|Self-portrait with Angelica and Portrait of Rachel|
Well folks, yesterday I was going to do a post on laundry rooms in honor of our not-so-dear but departed clothes washer but it bored me.
Today I thought that the Peale family might be a bit more interesting than the utilitarian masquerading as decor.
As the title suggests, the famous American painting family, the Peale's are my ancestor's on my mother's side through his third wife, Hannah More.
Charles Willson Peale is perhaps the most famous of the clan and father of Rembrandt, Raphaelle, Rubens and Titian Peale and Angelica Kaufman, all famous in their own right as artists. He had 16 children in all.
|George Washington at the battle of Princeton|
The elder Peale studied under such noted artists as John Singelton Copley and Benjamin West but he was so much more than just a painter. He a renaissance man long after the the renaissance. Peale had a great interest in natural history, and organized the first U.S. scientific expedition in 1801. These two major interests combined in his founding of what became the Philadelphia Museum, and was later renamed the Peale Museum and relocated to Baltimore. He was an inventor, naturalist, scientist, soldier as well.
|The artist in his museum|
Arguably his most famous painting, "The staircase group" is a visually arresting portrait of two of his sons, Raphaelle and Titian.
The giant door shaped canvas presents an rather, avant-garde (for the time) compostion and captures a mood and moment very unlike the conventional English painting that he studied.
He is equally notable for his portraits of his contemporaries. He painted George Washington 14 times!
I mentioned earlier that his children were famous artists as well. I will go more in depth about their lives and art another time but I encourage you to read more about this extraordinary family. HERE and HERE
|The Peale family|
|Portrait of Rubens Peale by Rembrandt Peale|
|Buffalo Hunt on the Platte by Titian Peale|