Gilbert Stuart is one of the most fascinating artists of all time. Not only is his work highly recognized; his portrait of George Washington appears on the one dollar bill, but to this day this same portrait remains an unsolved and highly questioned mystery.
Gilbert Stuart was a highly coveted portraitist of his time, painting over 1,000 portraits, some of the most well recognized being of the first six presidents of the United States. His skills were legendary and precise, and he was hired by many important figures of the time. In his life, Stuart painted various portraits of George Washington, but none as highly recognized and debated as The
This issues raises some very controversial questions in the art world. Disowning a work is not a thing of the past, many artists still choose to disown their work today. This topic brings people to question, "if an artist disowns a work, do we have an obligation to honor that disavowal?"