December 1, 2009

Theorem Painting

Stencil painting is an ancient art, but it became the rage in America in the early 1800s as artists created extraordinarily beautiful stenciled paintings on velvet, silk and paper. In this article I trace the history of stencil painting and explain why it became so popular in early America and why it declined. I also interview four of the country's leading theorem painters who are keeping this wonderful decorative artwork alive.

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1 comment:

Finegan Antiques said...


I love your articles on early American life and your site is beautiful. I have been a subscriber to the magazine for years but it is nice to see your articles retyped on your blog. It is easy and convenient to have them at my finger tips instead of paging thru back issues of the magazine.

Thanks you.