One of my favorite paintings by the artist George Caleb Bingham is Order No. 11, sometimes referred to by the artist as "Martial Law," and whose full title is “Civil War: as Realized in the Desolation of Border Counties of Missouri During the Operation of ‘General Order No. 11,’ Issued by Brigadier General Ewing, from his Head Quarters, Kansas City, August 25, 1863.” The New York Times today published a  fantastic retelling of the story and politics behind this painting. It is a wonderful read; the kind of context that illuminates so much of what is great about American painting from this period. 
 

“Order No. 11,” by George Caleb Bingham

“Order No. 11,” by George Caleb Bingham

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