Three Flags (1958) by Jasper Johns. This image has a total of 84 stars on it, the reverse of the 48 that were on it in 1958 before Hawaii and Alaska’s accession.
In the run up to Independence Day this week, we’ve been celebrating American Art – from 1930s gothic style, to pop art, even to the dollar bill!
‘Declaration of Independence’ (1817) by John Trumbull. Sometimes this painting is called the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, but in fact depicts it being drafted by a Committee.
‘American Gothic’ (1930) by Grant Wood. The painting depicts a man standing with his daughter. Wood thought they were the sort of people who would live in the house behind them. You might recognise this image from the opening of Desperate Housewives!
‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’ (1962). A 32 canvass piece of work by pop-artist Andy Warhol. Each little square has a different variety of the soup!
The Athenaeum Portrait of George Washington (1796) by Gilbert Stuart. Stuart never finished this portrait, but Washington’s likeness from this portrait was used on dollar bills and stamps!
‘Nighthawks’ (1942) by Edward Hopper. “ Edward Hopper said that Nighthawks was inspired by “a restaurant on New York’s Greenwich Avenue where two streets meet,” but the image—with its carefully constructed composition and lack of narrative—has a timeless, universal quality that transcends its particular locale. One of the best-known images of twentieth-century art, the painting depicts an all-night diner in which three customers, all lost in their own thoughts, have congregated”
PopUp Painting is a social painting, or ‘sip n’ paint’ business, an idea which comes from the US, so we love American holidays!
To celebrate, we’re running a special Independence Day themed event at
Brasserie Blanc on the Southbank tonight! Book now while you can!
Peter Max‘s Statue of Liberty series began in 1976! The Statue of Liberty itself was gifted to the newly independent USA by its supporter in the War of Independence, France. It was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and depicts the Roman Goddess of Freedom, Liberta. It’s French name is ‘La Liberté éclairant le monde’ – Liberty Enlightening The World.
PopUp Painting events are social painting experiences, giving everybody the opportunity to unleash their creativity. One of the most creative things to do in London (as well as St. Albans, Kent, and Surrey), our events are aimed at people who aren’t artists who want to have fun trying something different. Perfect for friends, for colleagues, or great date ideas. This isn’t an art class: this is social painting!