The Funding Bill - Portraits of Two Gentlemen, (painting)
Johnson, Eastman b. 1824
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 130 (Sale info: $6000.00).
"b. Maine, 1824. Began his profession by executing portraits black and white when little more than a mere boy. He went abroad and studied for two years in Dusseldorf, subsequently in Italy, Paris and holland. He remained four years at the hague. Returned to America and opened a studio in New York in 1860. Elected a member of the National Academy the same year. member of the Society of American Artists and the American Art Union. . . . " The funding bill - portraits of two gentlemen. (illustra- tion, page VIII.) Two friends of the artist were one day sit- ting in his library deep in discussion of some interesting topic. Impressed by their attitudes and expressions, Mr. Johnson made a rapid sketch of them and subsequently had them pose for this picture. When it was finished it was sent to the National Academy (to the exhibition of 1881.]. For the lack of a better title for the picture, it was christened 'The Funding Bill,' this bill having been passed only a short time before, and being the then pervading subject of conversation. " There is a great deal of animation in the figures, which are painted with a boldness and firmness born of consumate knowledge, and a feeling of certainty in the artist, at the outset, of his ability to accomplish what he set out to do. there has been no experimenting here; the design was fixed in the mind first, and then every stroke of the brush did its duty, no more no less. The result is a painting of firmness and strength in its lights, of depth in its shadows, and realistic quality throughout. - National Academy Notes, 1881." [P. 30; excerpted from 150-line commentary on artist and picture. portions of biographical material and a quote from "Prof. Weir" were not reproduced in this serial. Under illustration appears the note: "from National Academy Notes, 1881."]
Illustrated Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. August 16 - October 25, 1884. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz, Director of the Art Department. Editor of National Academy Notes and the Art Union Magazine. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company.
Artist address: New York, New York.
Artist professional affiliation: A.A.U.; National Academician; Society of American Artists, New York.