On the Viga, Outskirts of the City of Mexico
Samuel Colman discovered the scenic beauty of the Mexican landscape for the first time in 1892—a moment when it was becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination for North Americans. This view depicts the canal and "Paseo [avenue] de la Viga" just outside of Mexico City, a site that suited Colman's particular interest in painting architectural forms set within sun-bleached equatorial settings. Writers of his own time often described these tonal works (using a limited range of color) as vague, dreamy, and poetic.
- Artist: Samuel Colman, American, 1832-1920
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1892
- Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 18 in. (24.2 x 45.7 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "Saml Colman."
- Inscriptions: Inscribed on label on frame verso top center: "NY On the Vega [sic] / Outskirts of the City of Mexico - / Saml Colman, / Pinx"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Expanding Horizons, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 32.797
- Credit Line: Gift of the executors of the estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Samuel Colman (American, 1832-1920). On the Viga, Outskirts of the City of Mexico, 1892. Oil on canvas, 9 1/2 x 18 in. (24.2 x 45.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 32.797
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)