Catskill Clove, N.Y.
Oil on canvas
Overall: 15 x 24 in. ( 38.1 x 61 cm ) Framed: 3 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 32 1/2 in. (8.9 x 62.2 x 82.6 cm)
Catskill Clove, also known as Kaaterskill Clove, is a spectacular gorge in the heart of the Catskills that was a hallowed subject for two generations of Hudson River School artists. Durand's painting depicts the Clove from a distant height, following the deep panoramic vista of heavily forested mountains adn tracing the winding course of Kaaterskill Creek. The rift runs from west to east past Tannersville and Palenville, villages where artists and tourists could find modest accommodations. In October 1848, Durand had reported the presence of nine other artists also working there.
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. 179. Lawall, David B., Asher B. Durand: A Documentary Catalogue of the Narrative and Landscape Paintings, New York & London, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1978, p. 188. 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. 355. Foshay, Ella M., and Novak, Barbara, Intimate Friends: Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, William Cullen Bryant, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 2000, p. 57.
Gift of Nora Durand Woodman
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