"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Thursday, September 27, 2018


This 2013 acrylic and carved wood “sculptural painting” of Stonewall Jackson by Neil Stavely hangs in the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia.

 “This humorous and somewhat irreverent caricature pays tribute to one of Virginia’s most celebrated Civil War heroes, Confederate General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson. Known for his eccentric personal qualities and unconventional battle tactics, Jackson repeatedly defended the Valley from Union invaders during his 1862 campaign. This sculptural painting presents a modern interpretation of Jackson, with his rebellious nature expressed as a biker and his legendary horse ‘Little Sorrel’, replaced by a motorcycle.” – Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

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