Inside the National Museum of American History in Washington.
A new Interior paint program is making the National Mall a place where visitors feel like they belong.
The program, which is part of a larger effort to make Washington a place of inspiration, is taking place over four weekends starting March 10, the National Park Service said on Thursday.
This is the first time the National Gallery of Art has unveiled its new painting style since the museum’s inception in 1881, when the first painting by a black woman was created.
The project is part and parcel of a broader effort to transform Washington’s national capital into a place that makes people feel they belong, according to a statement by the National Parks Service.
“The new Paintbrush Paintbrush is a beautiful, modernist painting by one of the most renowned painters in the United States, Robert Louis Stevenson, with a special nod to his roots in the South,” the statement read.
“This painting captures the sense of place and the energy of the capital’s diverse population, as it stands tall, vibrant, and inviting.”
The new paint style, known as the Interior Paintbrush, is based on the iconic “Ladies and Gentlemen” painting by James McPherson, a 19th-century artist whose work has been recognized worldwide for being the most beautiful work of art ever created.
“He made a profound statement about the human condition and the need for change,” the museum said in a statement.
The Paintbrush paint style was created by a team of nine painters and designers, who collaborated on the painting, which will be on display through March 10.
It was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Interior, the park service said.
In addition to Stevenson, the new Paintbrushes include a portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt by artist George Lippman; a portrait by Thomas Gainsborough, an artist who lived in Washington in the 1800s and created the popular painting “The Night the Trees Fled”; a portrait made in 1888 by artist James McHenry, the museum added.
“We’re very excited to share this incredible work with our visitor community,” park service deputy director for the arts and design, Michelle Smith, said in the statement.
“The Paintbrushing Paintbrush brings together these talented artists and designers and will allow the visitors of the National Palace of the United Nations to feel as if they’re on a tour of the American capital.”
For the new painting, the agency chose three color schemes for the Interior paintbrush: dark blue, pink, and green, according a news release.
The agency added that it will be available in three sizes, which are a “large, medium, and small” and will be displayed on the National Archives’ permanent collection.
The agency said the Paintbrush can be painted with a variety of materials, including a blend of black, white, and gray.
The Interior Paintbrush will be part of the larger Interior Paint Brush Program, which aims to create a space where visitors can feel like Washingtonians “have a voice,” said Sarah Fauci, the parks service’s assistant director for parks and monuments.
The new Interior Paint brushes, the program said, will be made available at a price of $1,500.
For the first weekend, visitors will be able to buy the Interior Brush Paintbrush for $1.50.
The National Gallery will also be hosting an exhibition titled The Interior Paint Brushes, a “tribute to the National Capital’s rich history and vibrant culture,” on March 10 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a second exhibition titled, “The Art of Washington: The Paintbrush,” on Friday and Saturday at 2 p.r.m.-5 p.s.m and 2 p-5 p-m.
The painting, on view through March 13, is available for purchase through the museum.