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The Shore

John Henry Twachtman, American, (August 4, 1853–August 8, 1902)

Creation date: ca. 1879
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Henry A. Everett
Accession Number: 1927.83
State/Province: New Jersey
Dimensions: 14 3/16 in. x 24 1/8 in. (36.04 cm x 61.28 cm)

Provenance

Mrs. Henry A. Everett, Pasadena, California ( - December 21, 1927)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 21, 1927 - )

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Unlike his nineteenth-century contemporaries, Twachtman was drawn to painting landscapes on a smaller, more intimate scale. Later in his career, when he was back in the United States, he focused on landscapes near Greenwich, Connecticut, and Gloucester, Massachusetts. The Shore, however, represents a view of Jersey City. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Jersey City was a hub of port activity and home to various manufacturing industries. At the time that Twachtman portrayed the scene, Jersey City was undergoing a major transformation, and the contradictory pairing of a quiet, but dense waterfront scene in a rapidly changing industrial center likely intrigued him. Furthermore, the city was home to many new immigrants, and its proximity to Manhattan resulted in a steady influx of residents. The view looks northwest from a point at the south of Jersey City’s Green Street Boat Basin, located a short walk from the Jersey City train station and parallel to the Morris Canal.

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October 18, 2914
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director of Collections and Exhibitons
John Henry Twachtman
American • 1853–1902
The Shore
Oil on canvas • ca. 1879
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Twachtman studied art in New York, Munich and Paris before settling in Connecticut where he often painted at the art colony of Cos Cob. He maintained ties with the art world in New York, teaching at the Art Students League and the Cooper Union, and in 1898 was one of the founders of the group of artists known as The Ten American Painters. Primarily known for his landscapes rendered in an impressionistic style, Twachtman also visited Gloucester, Massachusetts where he captured scenes of the seashore and sailing vessels similar to this one.
Gift of Mrs. Henry A. Everett
1927.83
Last Updated: 10/3/2016

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

American Paintings Exhibition Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego , 1/2/1930 - 1/31/1930

Official Art Exhibition of the California Pacific International Exposition Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego , 5/29/1935 - 11/11/1935

Official Art Exhibition of the California Pacific International Exposition Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego , 2/12/1936 - 9/9/1936

Decisive Moments: American Impressionist Paintings from West Coast Collections Crocker Art Museum , 8/27/1999 - 10/10/1999

Art of the United States from the San Diego Museum of Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/6/2010 - 2/9/2011

American Visions: Place and Identity The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/18/2014 - 3/17/2015

American Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/26/2016 - 8/15/2021

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 148

Mr. Reginald Poland. A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 11

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 7

Lisa N. Peters. John Henry Twachtman: High Museum of Art. Atlanta, Georgia, 1999
Page Number: 37-38, 174 note 54, Figure Number: 15

Illustrated Catalogue: Official Art Exhibition of the San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1935
Page Number: 32, no. 633

Illustrated Catalogue of the Official Art Exhibition of the San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1936
Page Number: 30, no. 338

Dr. Reginald H. Poland. Catalogue of the Paintings and Tapestries in the Permanent Collection San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, December 28, 1927
Page Number: 7

Dr. Reginald H. Poland. Catalogue of the Paintings and Tapestries in the Permanent Collection San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, December 28, 1927
Page Number: 11

Catalogue of the Paintings and Tapestries in the Permanent Collection San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, December 28, 1927
Page Number: 25, no. 35, 26, Figure Number: 35

Dr. Don Bacigalupi and Ms. Rachel Evans. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 12

Mr. D. Scott Atkinson. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 170, Figure Number: 170

Lisa N. Peters. John Twachtman: Spanierman Gallery, LLC. New York, New York, 2006
Page Number: 40, 41, Figure Number: 34

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