Meadow Flowers (Golden Rod and Wild Aster)
John Henry Twachtman
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
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.
Oil on canvas
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)
Signed lower left: "JH Twachtman"
Caroline H. Polhemus Fund
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_edited_SL1.jpg)
overall, 13.36_edited_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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