Washington's Voyage for Liberty
What really happened across the Delaware River.
Artist Biography (by Samarth)
Art Critique (by Abhi)
The painting Washington Crossing the Delaware by Leutze is notable for its artistic composition. General Washington is emphasized by an unnaturally bright sky, while his face catches the upcoming sun. The colors are mostly darker by nature (since it is dawn), but there is a beautiful sunrise in the east, the direction in which Washington and his army are headed. This almost represents a sense of hope to the cold and deprived soldiers, who had recently lost New York to the British. Perspective seen through distant boats lends depth to the painting while a close-up of Washington emphasizes his prominence and grandeur. The people in the boat represent diversity from the American Colonies, including a man in a bonnet and a black man facing backward next to each other in the front, western riflemen at the front, two farmers in broad-brimmed hats near the back (one with bandaged head), and a questionable rower in a red shirt, possibly meant to be a woman in man's clothing. There is also a man at the back of the boat wearing what appears to be Native American garb, possibly representing colonial appropriation of previously indigenous holdings, but also possibly to represent the idea that all people in the new United States of America were present in the boat along with Washington on his way to victory and success.