View of Springfield on the Connecticut River
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. This compositional format, based on the widely emulated works of the seventeenth-century French painter Claude Lorrain, creates an ordered progression through space from a dark foreground stage framed by trees to a well-lit body of water in the middle ground to hazy hills in the background.
- Artist: Alvan Fisher, American, 1792-1863
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1819
- Dimensions: 31 5/8 x 43 11/16 in. (80.4 x 111 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower left: "A. Fisher / Pinxt / 1819"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 50.65
- Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Alvan Fisher (American, 1792-1863). View of Springfield on the Connecticut River, 1819. Oil on canvas, 31 5/8 x 43 11/16 in. (80.4 x 111 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 50.65
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)