Oil on canvas
Overall (canvas): 16 3/4 x 24 in. (42.5 x 61 cm) Frame: 26 1/2 x 33 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. ( 67.3 x 85.1 x 7 cm )
This plein air study documents a still-rural landscape scene in what was rapidly becoming suburban Westchester County. Durand's straightforward record shows a dirt road carved out of the surrounding woods. Its bare surface is unrelieved by any bordering plant life and enlivened only by the pattern of tree shadows thrown across its width from the left. One might guess that Durand, out trekking and searching for pictorial subject matter, was inspired by these bold patterns of light and shadow to execute an afternoon plein air study right in the middle of the roadway.
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. 260. Lawall, David B., Asher B. Durand: A Documentary Catalogue of the Narrative and Landscape Paintings, New York & London, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1978, pp. 174. 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. 357.
Gift of Nora Durand Woodman
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