You can almost feel the cold weather from just looking at the painting. With the snow on the ground, and white specks of wintry mix falling in the distance, one almost wants to say “brrr.”
With rags wrapped around feet, heads bowed into the storm, and no two soldiers dressed a like the painting depicts winter 1777 for the American Continental Army. The title “The March to Valley Forge” also concocts images of the harshness of that winter during the American Revolution.
And in the middle of the picture, sits George Washington, astride his horse, staring at the marching soldiers in silent tribute. One of the soldiers is depicted doffing his cap at Washington. Respect, admiration, and solidarity of the joint struggle of the war, is present, by just examining the painting a little closer.
That is why this painting below, done by William Trego, a century and a few years after this march would have happened, is my favorite painting about the American Revolution.
So much is there, so much to break down and study. The bleakness, the cold, the desperation that was mentioned above is combined with our hindsight knowledge that what the ultimate destiny these men are marching off the painting too.
Although Trego only won third place in 1883 with the painting when the Temple of Historical Paintings, in a competition for works of art on the American Revolutionary War, decided there was not a worthy first place painting, the work of art is still first-rate.
Yet, striving like Trego to that number one spot. Or like the soldiers in the painting marching to Valley Forge and what we all know was a turning point in the War for American Independence, there is a change coming here at Revolutionary War Wednesdays.
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