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Adirondack Mountains, New York
Date: ca. 1870
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall (canvas): 15 1/4 x 23 3/4 in. (38.7 x 60.3 cm) Framed: 24 1/2 × 33 3/8 × 2 3/4 in. (62.2 × 84.8 × 7 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Nora Durand Woodman
Object Number: 1932.10
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During his later years, the artist camped and painted in the Adirondacks, usually in the company of his family. Durand's panoramic view of Adirondack forest, lake, and distant mountain peaks has an expansive impact that belies the modest size of the canvas. His command of atmospheric perspective is also evident in the conviction with which miles of wilderness forest recede below us toward the distant lake and, beyond, to remote mountains blue on the horizon. Today these lands form the Adirondack Park and Forest Preserve, which was set aside in 1892 to remain "forever wild."

Bibliography:

Lawall, David B., Asher B. Durand: A Documentary Catalogue of the Narrative and Landscape Paintings, New York & London, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1978, p. 189.

Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society, Vol. I, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, pp. 366.

Exhibitions:

"Selections from the Collection of the New-York Historical Society," New York State Office of General Services, March 18, 1998-September 14, 2000.

"Views & Visions: The Hudson River to Niagara Falls," Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, New York, July 11-December 13, 2009.

"The American Landscapes of Asher B. Durand (1796-1887)," Fundación Juan March, October 1, 2010-January 9, 2011.