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Landscape-Composition: In The Catskills

Asher Brown Durand, American, (August 21, 1796–September 17, 1886)

Creation date: 1848
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by the Gerald and Inez Grant Parker Foundation
Accession Number: 1974.72
State/Province: New York
Dimensions: 30 in. x 42 1/4 in. (76.2 cm x 107.32 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Royetta M. Buck, San Diego, California ( - 1974)

Asher Brown Durand, Maplewood, New Jersey (1848 - 1848)

Marshall Owen Roberts, New York, New York (1848 - Janaury 19, 1897)

Ortgres and Co., New York, New York (January 19, 1897 - January 21, 1897)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1974 - )

Label Copy

Durand is best known today for his enduring images of the American landscape, especially the Hudson River Valley, the Catskills, and the Adirondack Mountains in New York. A founding member of the National Academy of Design, Durand studied engraving before devoting himself to landscape painting and was one of the primary painters of the Hudson River School. This painting was exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1848. Durand’s canvases reflect his great passion and unrelenting respect for the natural environment. The tiny figures represented in the foreground of the composition are juxtaposed with the immensity of the mountains and the breadth of the land before them. This spatial relationship emphasizes the awe-inspiring presence of the land itself. The framing trees and the distant views of the landscape are typical traits of Durand’s paintings.

October 18, 2914
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director of Collections and Exhibitons
Asher B. Durand
American • 1796–1886
Landscape-Composition: In the Catskills
Oil on canvas • 1848
Asher B. Durand is best-known for his paintings of the Hudson River Valley, the Catskills, and the Adirondack Mountains in New York. A founding member of the National Academy of Design, he studied engraving before devoting himself to landscape painting and was one of the primary painters of the Hudson River School. His canvases reflect the great passion he possessed for the natural environment. In the charcoal study for Landscape-Composition: In the Catskills, which he probably made on site, Durand included the small figural forms in the foreground; in this, the final painting of the subject, these tiny figures juxtaposed with the immensity of the land before them emphasize the awe-inspiring presence of the land itself.
Museum purchase with funds provided by the Gerald and Inez Grant Parker Foundation
1974.72
Last Updated: 6/20/2016

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

General Exhibition , 11/25/2002 - 1/26/2003

Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape Brooklyn Museum of Art , 3/30/2007 - 4/27/2008

Art of the United States The San Diego Museum of Art , 3/24/2013 - 10/22/2013

Modern and Contemporary , 12/21/2013 - 00/00/00

Art of the Americas San Diego Museum of Art , 12/23/2013 - 00/00/00

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. Grant Holcomb, III. Apollo The Financial Times, Ltd. London, England, June, 1982
Page Number: 49, Figure Number: VII

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 150, 158, 159, Figure Number: 159

Stephan Koja, ed. America: Prestel Verlag. Munich, Germany, 1999
Page Number: 75, Figure Number: 23

Stephan Koja. America: Prestel Verlag. Munich, Germany, 1999
Page Number: 285, no. 23

Stephan Koja, ed. America: Prestel Verlag. München, Germany, 1999
Page Number: 75, Figure Number: 23

Stephan Koja. America: Prestel Verlag. München, Germany, 1999
Page Number: 287, no. 23

Mr. D. Scott Atkinson. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 166, Figure Number: 166

Mr. David B. Lawall. Asher B. Durand: A Catalogue of the Narrative and Landscape Paintings Garland Publishing, Inc.. New York, New York, 1978
Page Number: 74 no. 125, Figure Number: 63

Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Gazette des Beaux-Arts. Paris, France, March 1975
Page Number: 42 no. 156, Figure Number: 156

Ms. Linda S. Ferber. Kindred Spirits: Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, New York, 2007
Page Number: 154, 156, 202 note 70, Figure Number: 51

Ms. Linda S. Ferber. American Art Review American Arts Media, Inc.. Leawood, Kansas, April 2007
Page Number: 97, Figure Number: 97

Mr. D. Scott Atkinson. Plein Air Past and Present: Lux Art Institute. Encinitas, California, 2007
Page Number: 32, Figure Number: 9

Alexander Nemerov. Samuel F. B. Morse' Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention Terra Foundation for American Art. Seattle, Washington, 2014
Page Number: 169-170, Figure Number: fig. 83

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