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Woodstock Landscape

George Copeland Ault

American Art

Active in the modernist art circles of New York City during the 1920s and 1930s, George Ault moved upstate to Woodstock in 1937 for health reasons. He transferred his Precisionist idiom—with its simplified geometric forms and flat planes of color—from its usual urban industrial subjects to the rural landscape. In contrast to the cool objectivity of images by his Precisionist colleagues such as Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth, Ault’s works often resonate with melancholic emotion, evident here in the dead trees, barren field, and moody sky.
MEDIUM Watercolor over graphite on cream-colored, very thick, rough textured wove paper
DATES 1938
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 15 1/4 x 21 1/8 in. (38.7 x 53.7 cm) Frame: 24 x 30 x 1 1/2 in. (61 x 76.2 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed and dated, lower right: "G. C. Ault '38."
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. George C. Ault
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CAPTION George Copeland Ault (American, 1891-1948). Woodstock Landscape, 1938. Watercolor over graphite on cream-colored, very thick, rough textured wove paper, Sheet: 15 1/4 x 21 1/8 in. (38.7 x 53.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. George C. Ault, 67.132
IMAGE overall, 67.132_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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