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American Progress

And this too is America.


"John Gast (21 December 1842, Berlin, Prussia – 26 July 1896, Brooklyn. New York City) was a painter, printer, and lithographer who lived and worked most of his life in Brooklyn, New York. He is most famous for his 1872 painting American Progress, an allegory of Manifest Destiny —the view of Americans at the time that the United States should expand from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean— that was widely disseminated in chromolithographic prints. Other than that, little is known about Gast.


American Progress was commissioned by George Crofutt, a publisher of American Western travel guides. It portrayed settlers moving west, guided and protected by Columbia [or Progress], who represents America and is dressed in a Roman toga to represent classical republicanism and aided by technology (railways, telegraph), driving Native Americans and bison into obscurity. Columbia is bringing the 'light' as witnessed on the eastern side of the painting as she travels towards the 'darkened' west."

Wikipedia [acessed 29 June 2017].



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Uploaded on June 29, 2017