Landscape (Birch and Oaks)
Asher B. Durand
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Imagining the New Nation’s Landscape, 1800–1880
Asher B. Durand, considered a founder of the Hudson River School along with Thomas Cole (represented in this gallery), was also identified with the progressive practices of plein air (outdoor) painting and innovative pictorial types. By the 1850s forest interiors in a compressed vertical format, as seen in this outdoor study, had become Durand’s signature compositional type. Here, the diagonal thrust of the trees dominates the foreground, while crisply delineated textures and contrasts of light and shadow convey minute detail, suggesting careful study from nature.
Oil on canvas
23 15/16 × 17 7/8 in. (60.8 × 45.4 cm)
frame: 33 3/8 × 27 3/8 × 4 1/2 in. (84.8 × 69.5 × 11.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "A B D"
Bequest of Charles A. Schieren
Asher B. Durand (American, 1796-1886). Landscape (Birch and Oaks), ca. 1855-1857. Oil on canvas, 23 15/16 × 17 7/8 in. (60.8 × 45.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Charles A. Schieren, 15.326 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 15.326_PS9.jpg)
overall, 15.326_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2018
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