Late November in a Santa Barbara Cañon, California
The vibrant sketchiness of this landscape, in which sharp, bright highlights accent broadly toned areas, demonstrates how completely Samuel Colman had abandoned the Hudson River School landscape aesthetic (known for its careful attention to detail and finish) by the 1880s. An avid traveler and an equally dedicated practitioner of the portable medium of watercolor, Colman had a particular taste for the muted tones of the arid landscapes of California and Mexico, which he visited repeatedly in the eighties and nineties.
Transparent and opaque watercolor with touches of pastel on rose-tinted, moderately thick, moderated textured wove paper
12 x 15 in. (30.5 x 38.1 cm)
Frame: 18 x 24 x 1 1/2 in. (45.7 x 61 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "Saml Colman"
Inscribed lower left: "Santa Barbara, Cala."; inscribed lower right below signature in very faint pencil (legible with infrared): "Sierra Madre Villa, Jany[?] 88--"
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Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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Samuel Colman (American, 1832-1920). Late November in a Santa Barbara Cañon, California, 1888. Transparent and opaque watercolor with touches of pastel on rose-tinted, moderately thick, moderated textured wove paper, 12 x 15 in. (30.5 x 38.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 77.102.2 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 77.102.2.jpg)
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