Brandywine The Nation Makers Print — Howard Pyle

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Brandywine River Museum of Art

One of Pyle’s finest paintings, The Nation Makers demonstrates many of the compositional lessons he passed on to his students, including N.C. Wyeth. The action-filled scene is tightly cropped, diagonal lines are used to create a feeling of movement, and red highlights lead the viewer’s eye throughout the painting.

The Nation Makers was painted in 1903 during a summer school session near the site of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Brandywine in Chadds Ford. The painting was not done on commission, nor published to illustrate a specific story that might guide its interpretation. It seems the work was simply Pyle’s inspired response to this historic location.

Pyle considered The Nation Makers among his most important works and, between 1903 and 1908, he sent it on tour to New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Green Bay. In 1903, the publishers of Colliers Weekly secured the painting’s copyright and published it in the magazine’s June 2, 1906, issue as the frontispiece.

22" x 28" overall paper size | 15.5" x 23.5" image size

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