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Pull for the Shore Magnet

Pull for the Shore Magnet

By Chrysler Museum of Art

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Our Pull for the Shore Magnet is a 2 × 3 inch fridge magnet featuring the classic artwork "Pull for the Shore" by John George Brown from the Chrysler Museum of Art. This unique magnet captures the nautical theme, showing eight men rowing a boat together. An excellent gift for the nautical enthusiast in your life!

John George Brown
American, 1831–1913
Pull for the Shore, 1878
Oil on canvas

In this ideal of teamwork, old and young row in unison to bring their tiny craft home through swelling seas. John George Brown based Pull for the Shore on sketches made on Grand Manan Island off the far northern coastline of Maine. Each face is a portrait of a local fisherman whom Brown met and sketched, but this epic New England battle of man against nature also may address American politics of the Reconstruction era. Following decades of sectional conflict and the violence of the Civil War, North and South struggled in the 1870s to heal the nation’s wounds and work together toward a prosperous future.

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Product Details

  • Strong magnet
  • Product type: Magnet
  • Shipping Dimensions: 2.0 × 3.0 × 0.125 inches
    (5.1 × 7.6 × 0.3 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 0.1 lb (1.6 oz; 45 g)
  • SKU010009347

About the Artist, John George Brown

At the dawn of the twentieth century, J.G. Brown (American, 1831-1913) was America's richest and best-known genre painter. His fame and fortune rested largely on his depictions of New York street children, which he focused on from the mid-1870s. Recalling the youthful protagonists in the rags-to-riches novels of Horatio Alger, Brown's sentimental portrayals of plucky newsboys and bootblacks proved immensely popular among wealthy American collectors. A shrewd businessman himself, by 1900 he was earning $40,000 a year from painting sales and royalties from lithographic reproductions.

Born and raised in England, Brown trained in a glass-cutting factory in Newcastle-on-Tyne, though he took evening art classes both in Newcastle and, later, at the Trustees Academy in Edinburgh. In 1853, following a brief stint in London as a portrait painter, he sailed for America and settled in Brooklyn. By 1860 he had moved to New York and secured working space in the newly opened Tenth Street Studio Building, the city's most prestigious atelier. In New York Brown turned to genre painting. Both the precise, descriptive realism of his genre images and their emphasis on narrative anecdote can be traced in part to the paintings of David Wilkie and the Pre-Raphaelites, whose work he had studied in England. He was also influenced by the paintings of American Pre-Raphaelites such as Charles Herbert Morse.

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