In a review of the Walters Art Museum show of paintings by 19th-century American artist Richard Caton Woodville, reporter Mary McCauley writes that "the real mystery ... is why so little about the painter is known today — even in his hometown" ("Walters explores work of Caton heir who lived fast, died young," March 9). However, the article does little to give readers a greater understanding of the painter or his works.
Woodville challenged (and continues to challenge) his mostly American audience with the nation's drift away from its founding principles. He was very proud of his family's role during the
Some of Woodville's earliest works confront us with America's imperialist turn in 1846 during our invasion of the republic of
Woodville moved to Europe during the revolutionary period of the 1840s and allied himself with the most radical republicans at the Dusseldorf Academy in Germany. Across Europe, aristocrats were able to crush the republican forces and frequently hunted-down their leaders.
A few years later, the 29-year-old Woodville was "accidentally" killed by an overdose from a
Steven Carr, Leesburg