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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.

"The Hudson River to Niagara Falls: 19th-Century American Landscape Paintings from the New-York Historical Society," Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY, July 11–December 13, 2009.

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

"The Poetry of Nature: A Golden Age of American Landscape Painting," Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA, March 19–June 12, 2016.

"The Golden Age of American Landscape Painting: Highlights from the New-York Historical Society Collection," Wichita Art Museum, KS, February 4–April 30, 2017.

"The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society," Allentown Art Museum, PA, September 29–December 31, 2017; Worcester Art Museum, MA, September 8–November 25, 2018.