Trees by the Brookside, Kingston, N.Y.
Oil on linen
Overall: 22 x 17 x 1 in. ( 55.9 x 43.2 x 2.5 cm ) Framed: 30 5/8 in. × 26 in. × 3 in. (77.8 × 66 × 7.6 cm)
Durand used this study as the model for the trees in the foreground of a large studio creating titled, "Landscape, Composition, Forenoon," 1847 now in the New Orleans Museum of Art. The majority of the New-York Historical Society's extensive holdings of Durand's oil studies entered the collection as gifts from the artist's family. However, several of them, including this work and "Study from Nature: Group of Trees," were purchased by the Art Committee out of Durand's 1887 estate sale. Acquired only a year after the artist's death, this purchase confirmed the Society's recognition of these studies as works of aesthetic and historical importance and may have inspired his family's generosity over the next several decades.
Executor's Sale, Studies in Oil by Asher B. Durand, N.A., Deceased, Ortgies' Art Gallery, New York, April 13 and 14, 1887. Vail, R. W., Knickerbocker Birthday: A Sesqui Centennial History of The New-York Historical Society 1804-1954, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1954, p. 170. 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, pp. 244. 338-40. Lawall, David B., Asher B. Durand: A Documentary Catalogue of the Narrative and Landscape Paintings, New York & London, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1978, p. 179. Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society, Vol. I, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, pp. 323-5. 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. 54. Ferber, Linda S., ed., "Asher B. Durand, American Landscape Painter," Kindred Spirits Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape, Brooklyn Museum, 2007, pp. 149, 153, 181, 202-3.
Purchase, The Louis Durr Fund
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