As we gear up for Fourth of July festivities tomorrow, we’re taking a moment today to commemorate our nation’s Independence Day the way we know best – through the artwork inspired by it. From American portraitists to impressionists, here’s a roundup of some of the most important paintings around this national holiday:
Washington Crossing the Delaware, Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze (1851)
This scene from the Revolutionary War was painted by German-American artist Emmanuel Gottlieb Leutze, who brought the painting back home to Germany in hopes of inspiring his fellow Germans with a similar revolutionary fervor. (The original was destroyed in a British air raid in 1942, but one of the two versions that Leutze repainted is now hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.)
The Fourth of July, Childe Hassam (1916)
American impressionist painter Childe Hassam – known for painting dream-like cityscapes like these – depicts a celebratory Fourth of July scene decked out with too many American flags to count.
Declaration of Independence, John Trumbull (1817)
Displayed in the United States Capitol Rotunda (and also on the limited two-dollar bill), this painting by John Trumbull shows 42 of the original 56 signers presenting the draft of the Declaration of Independence to the Founding Fathers.
The Athenaeum, Gilbert Stuart (1796)
Painter Gilbert Stuart’s best-known work is this unfinished portrait of President George Washington, which you might recognize from the one-dollar bill. It’s now displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
The Signing of The Declaration of Independence, Charles Édouard Armand-Dumaresq (1873)
Displayed in the Cabinet Room of the White House, this painting by French artist Charles Édouard Armand-Dumaresq was one of his many inspired by the American Revolutionary War.