The Jolly Flatboatmen (detail), by George Caleb Bingham

This 19th century slice-of-riparian-life manages to combine joyous abandon with highly stylized composition. I love its mannered glimpse at labor, camaraderie, and do-it-yourself entertainment.

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The Jolly Flatboatmen” (detail), oil on canvas, 1846, by George Caleb Bingham, from the exhibition American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 12 October 2009–24 January 2010 :: via Coudal Partners

Originally published at culture-making.com.

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