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On the Viga, Outskirts of the City of Mexico

Samuel Colman

American Art

Samuel Colman discovered the scenic beauty of the Mexican landscape for the first time in 1892—a moment when it was becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination for North Americans. This view depicts the canal and "Paseo [avenue] de la Viga" just outside of Mexico City, a site that suited Colman's particular interest in painting architectural forms set within sun-bleached equatorial settings. Writers of his own time often described these tonal works (using a limited range of color) as vague, dreamy, and poetic.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1892
DIMENSIONS 9 1/2 x 18 in. (24.2 x 45.7 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Saml Colman."
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed on label on frame verso top center: "NY On the Vega [sic] / Outskirts of the City of Mexico - / Saml Colman, / Pinx"
CREDIT LINE Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Samuel Colman (American, 1832-1920). On the Viga, Outskirts of the City of Mexico, 1892. Oil on canvas, 9 1/2 x 18 in. (24.2 x 45.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 32.797 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 32.797_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 32.797_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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