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Meadow Flowers (Golden Rod and Wild Aster)

John Henry Twachtman

American Art

Meadow Flowers is one of a small number of evocatively decorative Impressionist floral subjects that John Henry Twachtman completed after he moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1889. This vertical canvas is among his most daring works because of its abstracted composition and expressive execution. Though clearly legible as flowers, the forms in the painting are effectively removed from the context of a clearly defined space. The absence of a horizon or measured recession highlights the richly textured paint surface and subtly animated pattern of the brushwork. The painting is further enriched by an opulent gilded frame designed by the architect Stanford White.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES ca. 1892
DIMENSIONS 33 5/16 x 22 3/16 in. (84.6 x 56.3 cm) frame: 47 x 36 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (119.4 x 92.1 x 5.7 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "JH Twachtman"
CREDIT LINE Caroline H. Polhemus Fund
PROVENANCE 1902, inherited from the artist by Martha Scudder Twachtman (Mrs. John Henry Twachtman) of Greenwich, CT; by 1908, purchased from Martha Scudder Twachtman by William T. Evans of New York, NY; April 1, 1913, purchased at American Art Association, New York, "The Private Collection of American Paintings formed by the Widely Known Amateur William T. Evans, Esq. of New York", lot 135 (as "Meadow Flowers"), by the Brooklyn Museum.
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CAPTION John Henry Twachtman (American, 1853–1902). Meadow Flowers (Golden Rod and Wild Aster), ca. 1892. Oil on canvas, 33 5/16 x 22 3/16 in. (84.6 x 56.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Caroline H. Polhemus Fund, 13.36 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 13.36_PS20.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 13.36_PS20.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2024
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