Object Number: 
ca. 1855
Oil on canvas
Overall: 24 x 16 3/4 in. ( 61 x 42.5 cm ) Frame: 33 1/2 x 26 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (85.1 x 67.3 x 8.9 cm)
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Known collectively as Durand's "Studies from Nature," these vivid landscape paintings were painted over a span of more than three decades and are still celebrated as a special body of works within the artist's large and varied oeuvre. Smaller in scale and less formal than studio compositions, the studies record the particulars of a given site close up with the aim of conveying the sensation of direct experience. These carefully observed details also convey the belief that contemplation of unspoiled nature offered opportunities for spiritual meditation and renewal; what Durand called "lessons of high and holy meaning."
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. 256. Lawall, David B., Asher B. Durand: A Documentary Catalogue of the Narrative and Landscape Paintings, New York & London, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1978, p. 176. 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. 349. Novak, Barbara, Dreams and Shadows Thomas H. Hotchkiss in Nineteenth-Century Italy, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1992, pp. 18-9, 30, 135.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Nora Durand Woodman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group