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- Roger Brown was one of the Chicago Imagists. This group of artists used bright colors, bold lines, and distorted shapes. Brown’s art was influenced by comic books, wallpaper patterns, and movie theater architecture. He was also inspired by folk art, naïve art, and art deco styles. Brown often used his art to comment on current events.
- This painting shows six American founding fathers: Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison and John Marshall. They seem to be standing on a stage. The striped background and the 13 tree shapes remind us of the first American flag, which had a star for each of the 13 states.
- The Founding Fathers helped to build the United States of America as a new country. They wrote documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, to define how the government would work. They were the country’s first lawmakers and leaders. They believed that America should be based on ideas of freedom, equality, and democracy.
- The Founding Fathers lived and worked during the period of slavery in America. Many of them owned enslaved people. The government they built allowed slavery to continue for years to come. The title of Brown’s painting refers to these men as “heroes” and focuses on the positive things they did. It does not make reference to the darker side of America’s founding.
Brown’s self-consciously American style borrows from the popular culture traditions of comic books; flat, hypnotic patterns of wallpaper; and vivid creations of folk and surrealist art. Associated with the group of postwar artists known as the Chicago Imagists, Brown embraced fantasy and irreverence while engaging in social and political commentary.
His stagelike composition features the iconic silhouettes of six founding fathers (from left to right: Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison, and John Marshall). Lined up in front of an illuminated landscape “backdrop” suggesting the Stars and Stripes, these heroes of yesteryear are shrouded in shadow, as if making their final curtain call.
Tags: contemporary, American Revolution, social studies, silhouette
Recursos para los profesores
- Read an article about Roger Brown.
- Explore a webpage about the Chicago Imagists and view examples of their art.
- Read an article and watch a video about slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
Recursos para los estudiantes