Exhibitions: Picturing Place: Francis Guy's Brooklyn, 1820

Alvan Fisher: View of Springfield on the Connecticut River

Alvan Fisher (American, 1792–1863). View of Springfield on the Connecticut River, 1819. Oil on canvas. Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 50.65.

Alvan Fisher's bucolic view of Springfield, Massachusetts, from across the Connecticut River typifies the kind of landscapes that were popular in the period. It describes a specific locale—note the steepled First Church on the far bank—using the well-known artistic vocabulary of the "Claudian" landscape. Based on the widely emulated works of the seventeenth-century French painter Claude Lorrain, this compositional format is an ordered progression from the dark foreground stage framed by trees to the well-lit body of water in the middle ground to hazy hills in the background.