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Object ID Number SAM 1956.86
Object Name Painting
Artist Durand, Asher Brown
Title Autumn Landscape
Date ca. 1845
Culture American
Credit line Museum Acquisition Fund
Exhibit Label Asher B. Durand succeeded Thomas Cole as the leader of the group of landscape painters known as the Hudson River School. He found major early success as an engraver printing banknotes and portrait plates, as well as his reproduction of John Trumbull’s painting, "The Declaration of Independence."

Durand turned to painting at age forty, beginning in a naturalistic style but with the linear precision of an engraver’s hand. Over time, however, Durand loosened his brushstroke, becoming one of the first American painters to favor a more spontaneous and intimate view of nature.

In the mid 1840s, Durand began to create precise outdoor studies, focusing on particular details and natural textures. "Autumn Landscape," typical of Durand’s work of this period, centers on a few large trees which frame the interior of a forest. Lovely and idyllic, this intimate scene extols the beauty of nature and a nationalistic pride in the American land.
Medium Oil Paint
Material Canvas/Oil Paint
Image size H 15 1/2" x W 12 7/8"
Signed Name None
Currently on view Yes
People Durand, Asher Brown
Subjects Forest