Description After the Civil War, Robert E. Lee inherited slaves from his mother. Slaves were still considered property by slave owners. Lee then married into one of the wealthiest slave-holding families in Virginia the Custis family of Arlington. When Lee's father-in-law died, Lee left the U.S. Army to run the struggling estate, where he encountered resistance from slaves expecting to be freed after the Civil War. Robert E. Lee instructed his overseers to severely beat any slaves attempting to escape. After Lees death, some Southerners adopted 'The Lost Cause' revisionist narrative about the Civil War and placed Lee as its central figure. The Last Cause argued that the South knew it was fighting a losing war and decided to fight it anyway on principle. In addition, the Last Cause denied the fact that the war was about slavery. Southern revisionists pushed to memorialize Lee, ignoring his infamous role as a cruel slave owner. Lee monuments were erected during the 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan experienced a resurgence and new Jim Crow segregation laws were adopted. This picture, The Fall of Lee, envisions a new era.
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About the Artist: Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz) is the pseudonym he uses for his visual art, writing, poetry, and video creations; initially, the name came about by his direct approach on subjects that focus on humanitarian issues that impact our world today. He's known to call a spade a spade.
In the late 1950’s, Spadecaller’s formal training in traditional oil painting techniques commenced. He was eight years old, when he started private painting lessons. Through considerable personal sacrifice, his mother, who has since passed away, nurtured his artistic talents and provided him with many of the tools and circumstances to launch his creative journey. Memories of art exhibitions in New York City that his mother introduced him to continue to motivate his quest for excellence. Spadecaller attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71), and during the 70's up until the late 80's, he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. As a realist painter, he strives to capture the beauty of nature and the soul of humankind. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, he turned to creating digital hand painted images, mixed media and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that he had once found in oils.
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