By Richard Panchyk
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Several 19th-century impressionist artists, including Manet and Degas, liked using pastels. Tempera paints are made primarily of eggs and pigment, a formula used for over a thousand years. Have you ever seen cookies or bread with a glossy coating on top? Chances are they were coated with an “egg wash,” a brushed-on glaze made from eggs. Egg whites in particular are excellent sealers, and they form a very tough and resistant film. Maritime Folk Art Painting of a battleship, probably the USS Kearsarge, by F.
But until recently, relatively few people could read or write, and calligraphy was limited to a few experts. Even in the 18th century and early 19th century, many Americans did not know how to write or read and did not attend school. Things changed rapidly by the mid-19th century, however, as the United States grew. A new importance was placed on schooling as villages grew into towns and cities. As the wilderness was tamed, schoolhouses flourished, and neat penmanship was one of the key points of education.
The designs shown here illustrate the original meaning of Fraktur— broken or angled lettering. Fraktur flourished in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and other eastern states until the end of the 19th century. Painted Furniture The essence of the decorative arts is taking an everyday object and transforming it into something beautiful. Fine examples exist of otherwise ordinary chairs and trunks that have been decorated with vivid Fraktur designs. These were sometimes given as wedding presents to GermanAmerican couples.