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Village Scene near Albany, New York

1850 James M. Hart Born: Kilmarnock, Scotland 1828 Died: New York, New York 1901 oil on canvas 30 1/8 x 42 1/8 in. (76.5 x 107.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1982.41.2 Not currently on view


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This image shows a small town to the west of James M. Hart’s home in Albany, New York. He preferred to paint intimate views of country life, rather than dramatic vistas of the wilderness, to show that man and nature could coexist in peace. In Village Scene, the comforting view of farm life, with its children, grazing cows, and picturesque buildings, is further emphasized by the soft shifts of dappled light across the landscape.

Keywords

Animal - cattle

Architecture - religious - church

Cityscape - town

Figure group

Landscape - New York - Albany

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About James M. Hart

Born: Kilmarnock, Scotland 1828 Died: New York, New York 1901