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Landscape in Sepia: Trees with Brook
Date: ca. 1854
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 37 1/8 x 41 1/4 in. (94.3 x 104.8 cm) Framed: 37 3/4 in. × 46 3/4 in. × 4 in. (95.9 × 118.7 × 10.2 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Nora Durand Woodman
Object Number: 1930.12
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This study is roughly blocked-in monochrome by the artist.

No finished exhibition painting has come to light that relates to this sepia study which may depict a subject near Jackson Falls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Durand's energized and calligraphic brushwork in this remarkable monochromatic landscape is a tour de force of both drawing and painting.

Bibliography:

"Asher B. Durand and European Art," The Art Journal, Vol. XXI, Summer 1962, p. 254.

Lawall, David B., Asher Brown Durand: His Art and Art Theory in Relation to his Times, Submitted to Princeton University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, March 1966, pp. 266, 368-70, 664.

Lawall, David B., Asher B. Durand: A Documentary Catalogue of the Narrative and Landscape Paintings, New York & London, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1978, p. 101.

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. 336.

Foshay, Ella M., and Novak, Barbara, Intimate Friends: Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, William Cullen Bryant, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 2000, p. 55.

Exhibitions:

"Intimate Friends: Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, and William Cullen Bryant," New-York Historical Society, October 24, 2000-February 4, 2001.

"The World of Asher B. Durand: The Artist in Antebellum New York," New-York Historical Society, April 13, 2007-September 30, 2007.

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