Monday, 8 February 2016

Emanuel Leutze

Westward by Emanuel Leutze

This painting by German-American artist Emanuel Leutze, painted in 1860, celebrates the idea of Manifest Destiny at the time when Civil War threatened the republic.

The painting itself presents the image of settlers moving westwards, within the image we can see a different settler groups, the majority being families, as seen by the father and children atop of the rock in the centre of the photograph. This painting creates a damaging image as we can see a few settlers in the left hand corner chopping down trees along their way, creating much controversy as they are destroying nature as well as land which is not theirs.

The idea that the West holds a bright future for the settlers can be seen through the sunlight which appears on the left hand side of the painting.

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