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07 February 2017

Three D'Anjou Pears in a Copper Bowl (Separation of Powers)


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If you're interested, this painting is the second in my "separation of powers" series. James Madison was the fourth President of the United States from 1809-17. He is known as the "Father of the Constitution," and was the last of the founding fathers to serve as President. Published in New York Packet on January 30, 1788, James Madison wrote, 'The Particular Structure of the New Government and the Distribution of Power Among Its Different Parts' -- also known as Federalist 47. Due to the confusion of the concept of separation of powers at the citizen level, Madison examines the separation of powers among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government under the then-proposed United States Constitution. Also, "the Constitution does not explicitly indicate the pre-eminence of any particular branch of government. However, James Madison wrote in Federalist 51, regarding the ability of each branch to defend itself from actions by the others, that 'it is not possible to give to each department an equal power of self-defense. In republican government, the legislative authority necessarily predominates. One may claim that the judiciary has historically been the weakest of the three branches.....'" [Keep reading]

If you're interested in reading about the origin of separation of powers in government, my first post is here. Wikipedia also weighs in here.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Lemon with Three Leaves (Separation of Powers), or a bunch of my paintings of copper bowls, a single pear, or multiple pears.

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