Asher B. Durand (1796-1886)
Oil on canvas
Overall (canvas): 30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm) Frame: 39 x 33 x 3 3/4 in. (39 x 33 x 3 3/4 in.)
Not long after he painted this self-portrait, Durand's dedicated himself to landscape painting on the model of his mentor Thomas Cole. After the untimely death in 1836 of their mutual patron, Luman Reed, Cole urged Durand to visit and commune with nature at Catskill. The following summer they trekked with their wives to the more remote Adirondacks, a turning point for Durand, who abandoned portraiture to focus on American scenery. This canvas demonstrates both his prowess as a portrait painter and his future ambition, for Durand potrayed himself h9olding a portfolio that may signal his already long-formed habit of sketching landscapes.
Catalogue of the Gallery of Art of The New York Historical Society, New York: Printed for the Society, 1915, pp. 42. Sherman, Frederic Fairchild, Early American Portraiture, New York: Privately Printed, 1930, pp. 38-41. Lawall, David B., Asher Brown Durand: His Art and Art Theory in Relation to his Times, Submitted to Princeton University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, March 1966, p. 87. Dunlap, William, History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States, New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1969 (an unabridged republication of the first (1934) edition), pp. 285-6 Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, p. 234. Smith, Alvy Ray, compiled by, Dr. John Durand (1664-1727) of Derby Connecticut: His Family Through Four Generations Featuring the Branch of His Youngest Son Ebenezer Durand Through Ten Generations to 2003, Boston: Newbury Street Press, 2003, p. 217, xix.
Gift of Mrs. Lucy M. Durand Woodman
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