Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July - Betsy Ross in Art

Jean Léon Gérôme  Ferris, Betsy Ross 1777, c. 1920s

The American Revolution required the support of men and women.  We usually see men in the famous paintings of daring deeds and events.   But what about images of women who contributed to the revolution? Abigail Adams, Molly Pitcher and Betsy Ross, among others.

Today the New York Arts Exchange dedicates its July 4th celebration to images of Betsy Ross and to her home in Philadelphia, where you can learn more about her life and art.

Edward Percy Moran, Betsy Ross Presenting the American Flag 
to General George Washington, c. 1917

Betsy Ross Commemorative Stamp, 1952
200th Birthday of Betsy Ross, born January 1, 1752

I must admit that I had never heard of Edward Percy Moran or Jean Léon Gérôme  Ferris before organizing this blog post - despite teaching surveys of American art for several years.  Moreover, both artists are related to the famous Thomas Moran, best known as a Hudson River School artist..

So what does that say about momentary celebrity and future oblivion  . . . .t'is our "15 minutes,"  momentary fame the American way.   Just ask  our great American artist and Pop philosopher Andy Warhol.

Happy Birthday, America!

and may your 4th of July sparkle with joy -

Beth New York

aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
Director and owner
New York Arts Exchange, LLC

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