Shandaken, Ulster County, New York
Oil on canvas
Overall: 21 x 16 3/4 in. ( 53.3 x 42.5 cm ) frame: 29 1/2 x 25 x 3 in. (74.9 x 63.5 x 7.6 cm)
Dated, lower right: 1854
Canvas stencil: PREPARED / BY / EDWD DECHAUX / NEW-YORK, Edward Dechaus, artists' materials, was listed at 709 Broadway in New York City directories from 1853 to 1864. Sale stamp: on reverse of canvas: DURAND / SALE / 1887. Durand Salte (Ortgies), 1887, no. 320, Shandanken, Ulster Co., N.Y. (16 x 20 3/4 inches [face size[). The auction number "320," in chalk, is on the stretcher.
This impressive foreground tree study was made near Kingston with a distant view of the Shandaken Mountains in the Catskill range. A decade before, Durand had written of his stay in the area: "...the weather is so favorable, that if I had my family with me, I should gladly stay as long as the season continues, for I am too fond of this kind of hard-work-play to be in haste [to] shut myself up in the city."
Executor's Sale, Studies in Oil by Asher B. Durand, N.A., Deceased, Ortgies' Art Gallery, New York, April 13 and 14, 1887, p. 21, no. 308 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. 249. Lawall, David B., Asher B. Durand: A Documentary Catalogue of the Narrative and Landscape Paintings, New York & London, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1978, pp. 182. Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society, Vol. I, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, p. 334. Ferber, Linda S., ed., "Asher B. Durand, American Landscape Painter", Kindred Spirits Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape, Brooklyn Museum, 2007, pp. 174-5, 181, 203.
Gift of Nora Durand Woodman
The artist and his family.
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