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The Brooklyn Museum has amassed one of the largest and most diverse collections in the United States. Its vast holdings range from the ancient to the contemporary and encompass virtually all the world's principal cultures, reflecting the institution's long history of acquiring Western and non-Western art.
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by Asher B. Durand
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This quiet, enclosed landscape subject, very likely set in the Catskills or Adirondacks, represents the direction in which Asher B. Durand had moved American landscape art. After devoting his attention to expansive views that often included historical or moralizing narratives, by the 1850s he began to record in fine detail more intimate settings in which there was no palpable human presence. This very contained composition, although completed in the studio, is close in spirit to the highly...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña
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For Diaz, like so many of the Barbizon painters, the Fontainebleau Forest outside of Paris proved a constant source of inspiration. In these two paintings, the painter adopts a similar compositional strategy, using large trees to frame a body of water or a clearing at the center of his scene. Diaz plays with the patterns of light and shadow created by sunlight filtering through the leaves onto the forest floor. He uses thick, black strokes to define the contours of the trees, as is particularly...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Robert Swain Gifford
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Brooklyn Museum
by Asher B. Durand
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Asher B. Durand’s composition depicts an expanse of rugged terrain and forests under stormy skies. This American wilderness yields to progress as a lone farmer reaps his first harvest in a field, still dotted with the stumps of recently cleared trees and gleaming under a sudden shaft of light that penetrates the heavy clouds. A boulder resting by the side of the road identifies our glorified pioneer by name as “Graham.” Using funds bequeathed by one of its founders, Augustus Graham, the...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Albert Bierstadt
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In 1863, Albert Bierstadt made an arduous expedition to Colorado in order to gather studies of the region for this monumental painting, executed three years later in his New York studio. For the final canvas, he exercised artistic license—rearranging some landmarks and exaggerating the scale of others—to maximize the visual interest of this Rocky Mountain landscape. The picture toured the country on a yearlong exhibition and thrilled audiences with its dual effects of sublime grandeur and...
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Brooklyn Museum
by John La Farge
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Brooklyn Museum
by Charles-François Daubigny
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Lured by the tranquil waters of riverscapes, Daubigny began to explore the river valleys outside Paris in the late 1850s from Le Botin , his floating studio. An heir to the open-air sketching tradition and an important precursor for the Impressionists, Daubigny recorded the subtle interplay of light, water, and atmosphere as the day progressed. In this image, Daubigny blends the pink hues of the waning sunset with the lavender and silver tones of the moonrise. While the painter reserves a...
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Brooklyn Museum
by William Guy Wall
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The Irish-born William Guy Wall arrived in New York City in 1818 and quickly established himself as a successful landscapist. His watercolors often served as the basis for engraved reproductions that helped to popularize American landscape imagery. This work depicts a distant view of the seventy-foot-high waterfall on New Jersey’s Passaic River, a landmark renowned for its aesthetic beauty and awesome force (hydropowered manufacturing first developed along this river). In the English...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Thomas Cole
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Brooklyn Museum
by Thomas Moran
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by Thomas Cole
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Thomas Cole was at the height of his landscape-painting career in 1845 when he received a commission from James Brown, a wealthy New York banker who requested a landscape with interesting figure groups. Cole chose the subject of a picnic to describe the ideal coexistence of nature and civilization. The bounty of nature embodied in the parklike natural setting is accentuated by the trappings of the meal dispersed throughout and the flower gartands that three of the women wear in place of their...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida
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Well known for his paintings of holiday makers on the beaches of his native Valencia, Sorolla departs from those luminous, sandy scenes of the Mediterranean coast for this verdant river landscape in the northern Spanish region of Asturias. The white stucco houses with their red tiled roofs contrast with the cool tones of the wide range of greens Sorolla uses to differentiate rolling fields and varieties of trees. Object metadata can change over time, please check the Brooklyn Museum object...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Thomas Doughty
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by Asher B. Durand
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Brooklyn Museum
by Robert A. Eichelberger
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by George Inness
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The vague forms of two smokestacks (attached to a printing factory near the artist's home in Montclair, New Jersey) are visible through the brilliant orange haze that fills this rural landscape. As an ardent follower of the Swedenborgian faith, George Inness held a profound belief in the spiritual beauty of both rural and industrial labor. Drawing on Swedenborgian ideas about perception, he strove to convey his own experience of spiritual reality through intense color and unified atmosphere....
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Brooklyn Museum
by John William Casilear
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One of the chain of lakes forming the eastern boundary of New York State's Adirondack Mountains, Lake George rapidly became a national symbol of the scenic grandeur of the United States and a favorite resort for landscape painters at midcentury. John William Casilear's quietly luminous painting depicts the view from the southern of head end of the lake looking toward the Tongue Mountain range, which forms the western entrance to the Narrows. At the far right is a hotel, indicating the early...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Louis Rémy Mignot
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Throughout the nineteenth century, few landscape forms were more immediately recognizable as American than Niagara Falls. The image of Niagara was often employed in art and literature to embody the natural might that underlay the nation's promise and destined greatness. A southern-born artist, Louis Rémy Mignot painted this view Niagara after he had moved to London during the Civil War. Before leaving the United States in 1862, he had sketched at Niagara Falls, perhaps with the idea of...
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Brooklyn Museum
by William Trost Richards
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Already established as a landscape painter in oils, William Trost Richards began working in watercolor in earnest about 1870 and over the next decade was widely regarded as one of America’s best watercolorists. This turn to the medium coincided with a new focus on coastal subjects—watercolor was particularly well suited both to sketching outdoors and to capturing the constantly shifting climatic conditions at the water’s edge. He generally used an additive technique: laying down...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Arthur Parton
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Little is known about Arthur Parton’s watercolor activities, although he did exhibit regularly with the American Watercolor Society beginning in 1880. Depicting one of America’s most sublime and popular landscape subjects, this ambitious picture provides a good example of an exhibition watercolor. Its highly textured surface—created with opaque paints—approximates the material and atmospheric effects Parton achieved in his oil paintings. Object metadata can change over time, please...
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Brooklyn Museum
by George Willie Beck
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Like many early watercolorists in America, George Beck was born and trained in England as a topographical draftsman. He continued creating landscape pictures after immigrating to the United States in 1795. In this richly painted watercolor of a prospect in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, Beck combined the documentary imperatives of his training with a Picturesque approach to nature. Object metadata can change over time, please check the Brooklyn Museum object record for the latest information.
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by John William Hill
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John William Hill began his career as a topographical painter and printmaker. About 1855 he read John Ruskin’s Modern Painters and, under the English critic’s influence, altered his style to produce highly detailed landscapes like this one. Mountain Stream was painted in 1863 at the high-water mark of the short-lived campaign of the American Ruskinians to reform American landscape painting. These radicals, of whom Hill was the elder statesman, turned away from the more painterly, idealized...
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Brooklyn Museum
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In this painting, exhibited at the Salon of 1876 and considered his masterwork, Harpignies presents a vast landscape in the Bourbonnais region, dotted with grazing cows, ancient trees, and a snaking line of long, cool shadows leading to a distant horizon. Harpignies peoples the middle distance of the scene with children and peasant women washing laundry in the river, a long-standing custom of the area. For Parisian audiences scarred by the deprivations suffered during the Franco-Prussian War of...
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