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"It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part."--James Madison, The Federalist Papers , 1788. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.

1965 George Ortman Born: Oakland, California 1926 oil on canvas and wood 48 1/4 x 48 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. (122.6 x 122.6 x 14 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Container Corporation of America 1984.124.230 Not currently on view


Abstract - geometric

Emblem - cross


paint - oil

fabric - canvas


About George Ortman

Born: Oakland, California 1926

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