Nature Study: A Birch Tree
Oil on canvas
Overall: 22 x 16 3/4 in. ( 55.9 x 42.5 cm ) Frame: 29 x 23 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (73.7 x 59.1 x 6.4 cm)
A fellow artist recalled Durand's plein air painting routine of working concurrently on a morning and an afternoon study: "...I remember that he generally devoted a part of two days to each picture, limiting himself to the morning or afternoon of each day, according to the effects resulting from sun and shadow."
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, p. 173. 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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