Monday, February 21, 2011

For Presidents Day: Lincoln the Railsplitter by Norman Rockwell

On the eve of President’s Day, it’s worth remembering that one of the most famous paintings of Abraham Lincoln, by one of America’s most famous 20th century artists, Norman Rockwell, began as … a Spokane bank advertisement?

Actually, it began as a $4,000 commission for the lobby of a Spokane bank. Only later would it show up on letterheads, logos and a handy jar opener. read the rest