Summary: Working Through The Ice In Melville Bay

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The art piece or painting titled “Working through the Ice in Melville Bay” was painted by William C. Bradford in the year 1869. William C. Bradford was born in the year 1823 in Massachusetts and died in 1892 in New York. The year 1869 brought us some really unique breakthroughs such as the creation of the “Qwerty”, the first keyboard typewriter that was patented. The year 1869 also saw the first intercollegiate football game between the Universities of Rutgers and Princeton. The Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional baseball team was founded in the year 1869. The Suez Canal was completed and the United States was under the leadership of Civil War Union Army General and then President, Ulysses S. Grant. “Working through…show more content…
The country was still recovering from the Civil War, a destructive war that separated friends and even fathers and sons, brothers and sisters. Some parts of the country may have still been divided. The use of color can describe this feeling as the ship is facing a brighter course, a new beginning for the country. The storm that is visible on the left side of the painting can be seen as the troubled past that is now behind the ship or behind the citizens of the United States during the 1860’s. If this painting was just created during present time, I would say that it meant that the United States is recovering from what seemed like the darkest times our beloved country has endured throughout her history, the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The relation that this artwork has with my life is that life has its ups and downs, its bright days and its dark days. Sometimes we are affected by tragic events that touch our lives in ways that we would never expect. The events of September 11, 2001 touched all of our lives and the fact that the country is still recovering from that tragic day somehow reflects what the country may have been feeling during the times of the Civil War. The painting, in my opinion clearly shows a dark past and a brighter future. Bradford may have chosen to work in this manner simple because the feelings of the country were one in the same, a dark past and a brighter
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