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William Holbrook Beard's macabre and ominous fantasy The Bear Dance, painted around 1870, is a characteristic work of majestic vision, conditioned by the popular fairytales and animal tales circulated in the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. It is a common tendency in human history to use animals as a substitute for humans to satirise the futility, greed, and violence of man's endeavours, but so vast are the works of Beard in respect to animal anthropomorphism that his oeuvre acquires a unique place in American art. Enjoying a resurgence of popularity amongst those struck by the absurdity and eerie presence of these images, Beard's The Bear Dance has been the subject of many reproductions over the last one and a half centuries, yet the original intention of this once-humorous vision has often been neglected.
A prodigious painter and originally linked to the DÃ¼sseldorf school of painting, Beard settled on a career painting humorous, imagined reproductions of a variety of domestic and wild animals, involved in some kind of human pursuit, occupation, or conflict. Seen amongs his audience and contemporaries as a wry, satirical mind, the artist enjoyed great popularity. The Bear Dance is, however, a dark vision of the American nation struggling through the reconstruction era that followed the devastating years of the civil war. Corruption and greed was rife, enterprising businessmen stumbled over each-other to cash in on the turbulent but lucrative reorganisation and rebuilding of the nation, and the lives of the everyday family were pressured to breaking point.
In contemporary lingo Wall Street was populated by "bulls" and "bears" Beard's dancing beasts are celebrating a drop in the stock market. By mimicking the behaviour of unscrupulous and marauding businessmen, Beard remarkably conjures a satirical reproduction of the atmosphere of his times.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Bear Dance, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Bear Dance that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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