Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglas, and Harriet Tubman risked their lives in pursuit of the abolition of slavery, and for freedom and civil rights for all.
Frontiersman and self- educated lawyer, sixteenth US President Abraham Lincoln led the nation through the Civil War, resulting in the preservation of the union and abolishment of slavery. He was assassinated in April 1865 at the beginning of his second term.
After escaping from slavery in Maryland, Frederick Douglass became a national leader as an abolitionist, gifted orator and for his anti-slavery writings, including his autobiography. He was the first African American nominated for vice president of the United States as Victoria Woodhull's running mate on the Equal Rights Party ticket.
Known as the “Moses of her People”, Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery and became a participant in the Underground Railroad, leading many friends and family members to freedom. After the Civil War, she was active in the struggle for women's suffrage. The image of Harriet Tubman was chosen to grace our twenty dollar bills in the near future.
The flag in the painting is of their era and symbolizes the union of the states.
This painting was built up in multiple, monochromatic, transparent glazes of thinned oil paint on a toned, textured, stretched canvas, to give a look reminiscent of an historical photo. This is a time consuming process, nearly impossible to correct once dry. I’ve used this technique on several paintings and find that applying paint too heavily results in streaking, losing the desired effect.
If you are interested in purchasing this painting with a frame, I have a beautiful, custom made frame available that suits the piece.
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oil paint on stretched canvas