Thursday, June 13, 2013

American Myth

The Nation Makers by the great American artist Howard Pyle (1853-1911). This cover illustration was done for the edition of Collier's Weekly June 2, 1906. It shows the battle torn American levies advancing bravely upon their British oppressors.


  1. Why "myth"? Did the event not happen or not happen the way the artist depicted it?

  2. Don't get me wrong, I love Pyle but he was no relaistic painter. Look at his pirates or knights.
    These patriots are way too (stylish) ragged, too proud, too happy to die. It's also pre-Hollywood.
    If you are interested in realism, please have a look at the already legendary 1964 docudrama Culloden by Peter Watkins.

    There is no happy dying, just a bloody cruel slaughtering and terrified people.
    Could make you cry.