The Michener Art Museum Celebrates the Work of History Painter William T. Trego

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artwork: William T. Trego (1858-1909) - "Study for the Rescue of the Colors", 1899 - Oil on canvas, H. 9 x W. 12 inches - Collection of Syd and Sharon Martin.


DOYLESTOWN, PA.- He was a painter who could barely hold a brush. He had to move his entire body to mix his colors. Yet William T. Trego (1858-1909) was a prize-winning artist with an international reputation, and his highly detailed and powerful battle scenes from the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War were widely exhibited and critically acclaimed during the late 19th century. Partially paralyzed as a child (most likely due to polio), Trego never experienced the horrors of war, but his uncanny ability to portray battle from the point of view of fighting men and horses was much admired.