In 1921, members of the House offered artist John Johansen $700 to paint Appropriations Committee Chairman James Good, noting that a Capitol commission had led other artists to work “without regard to the commercial scale of prices.” Johansen apparently agreed. He created a work that places the sitter in an easy chair, but leaning forward with a roll of papers held loosely in his right hand. Johansen’s training with Frank Duveneck and at the Académie Julien is in evidence in the free handling of paint and use of shadow to highlight the sitter’s hands and face.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “James William Good,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2002/2002-006-018/ (October 16, 2021)
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