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The Rainy Season
Born in remote Roswell, New Mexico, Peter Hurd established his home at Sentinel Ranch, in nearby San Patricio, by 1940 and devoted himself to painting the area’s distinctive landscape. Hurd had been experimenting with the medium seen here—egg tempera (an egg-based, water-soluble paint mixture) applied to gesso-coated panels—since the early 1930s. Derived from Italian Renaissance practice, the method allowed him to achieve a brilliancy of color and “flatness” that he believed were otherwise attainable only with watercolors.
- Artist: Peter Hurd, American, 1904-1984
- Medium: Egg tempera on masonite
- Dates: 1940
- Dimensions: 34 1/2 x 47 1/4 in. (87.6 x 120 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "Peter Hurd"
- Inscriptions: Inscribed verso top: "The Rainy Season / Painted in Egg Tempera / by Peter Hurd / AUGUST 1940 / AT Sentinel Ranch, San Patricio / N. Mex."
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, American Landscape, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 45.135
- Credit Line: Gift of Roy R. Neuberger
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: Peter Hurd (American, 1904-1984). The Rainy Season, 1940. Egg tempera on masonite, 34 1/2 x 47 1/4 in. (87.6 x 120 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Roy R. Neuberger, 45.135. © artist or artist's estate
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)