Bob Baker, “Memorial Day 2011, New Harmony, Indiana” (2012)

21 Jan

Bob Baker, Memorial Day 2011, New Harmony, Indiana (2012)

Here’s my latest.  I was researching Childe Hassam for a post on this blog and was reminded how cool his work is, especially his flag paintings.  Last year around Memorial Day I was in New Harmony, Indiana (about a half hour west of Evansville, on the banks of the Wabash River) and walked around town taking pictures to use as references for future paintings.  I remembered this one and got to work.  Hope you like it.

New Harmony, by the way, is well worth a visit.  It’s a very pretty small town that features a number of well-preserved historic homes and meeting houses that are the remnants of the Harmony Society, founded by German immigrant Johann Georg Rapp in the early 19th Century.  New Harmony was the second of three towns built by the pietist, communal German religious group known as the Harmonists.  New Harmony is also home to Paul Tillich Memorial Park, where the ashes of renowned 20th Century Protestant theologian Paul Johannes Tillich are interred. 

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3 Responses to “Bob Baker, “Memorial Day 2011, New Harmony, Indiana” (2012)”

  1. Mark January 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    This is a very cool painting, Robert. Great job. I second the recommendation on visiting New Harmony, and you’ve captured a nice slice of it here.

    • bobbalouie January 23, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

      Thanks. How about that Paul Tillich connection?

      • Mark January 24, 2012 at 3:29 am #

        Yeah, that’s surprising. I guess he lived there for a while?

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