A study of George Caleb Bingham’s “Fur Traders Descending the Missouri”

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New insights into the working processes of American artist George Caleb Bingham have been discovered by the conservation department at The Met in New York, with the help of infrared reflectography, a non-invasive imaging technique that reveals underdrawing and underpainting.

Watch this informative video to see what the team uncovered and how this new insight adds a greater understanding of the painter and his processes.

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