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Artwork of the Day – 12/01/16 (American Progress, John Gast)

Daily Artwork — “American Progress, John Gast, 1873”

Use the images posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of an artwork critique.

One of the most important and known pieces of American art, this painting it also known as:  Westward the Course of Destiny, Westward ho!, or Manifest Destiny.  It is rich in American symbolism at a time when westward expansion was at its height and there was a renewing sense of optimism in the nation following the Civil War.

1873 — American Progress.  Oil on Canvas.  Symbolism style. John Gast (1842-1896). Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, California, USA .
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