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Lincoln Split

Original Drawing for the banner The "split" in the title of Levitan's banner portrait of Lincoln refers to Lincoln's inner world as well as to the outer circumstances of his presidency. Accordingly, the banner is divided to reflect Lincoln's better-known "bright" side of wit and wisdom as well as his darker aspect of depression and despair. The banner also intimates the various levels on which the war itself was waged, won and lost - the issues of black and white people, of slavery and emancipation, and of a Northern victory viewed against a deliberate impoverishment of the country's southern quarter. The work is part of a series the artist is doing, including giant portrait drawings of Lincoln.

Levitan's paintings and drawings have been exhibited since the sixties. Recently, his work has been shown at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Virginia Museum in Richmond.
Chuck Levitan was born on July 4 th,1942 in the nation’s capital.
A pioneer of Soho, he opened the Chuck Levitan Gallery in 1973, for 25 years, his landmark Gallery exhibited artists from around the world. The gallery also hosted concerts, plays, poetry and theatre.
Mr. Levitan won the prestigious First Place “CANNON PRIZE” in 1996 from the National Academy in New York City, for his portrait drawing of Artist Buffy Johnson.
In 1982, a portrait drawing he drew of Senator Hubert Humphry was unveiled at
The Humphry Building and was attended by Joan Mondal, wife of the vice president and Richard Schweiker, secretary of Health and Human Services.

His 6’ x 10’ Lincoln Drawing Series, was published in the important textbook  “Mendelowitzes Guide to Drawing” with illustrated master Drawings.