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Autumn Sunshine

1880 George Cochran Lambdin Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1830 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1896 oil on canvas 30 1/8 x 20 in. (76.5 x 50.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1978.68 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 5A


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Autumn Sunshine

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George Cochran Lambdin painted this work while living in Philadelphia's Germantown section,an area famed in the late nineteenth century for its gardens. Lambdin turned his attention to paintings of flowers in 1870, probably inspired by the English Pre-Raphaelites, who believed that a closer study of nature resulted in paintings that were more spiritually truthful. In Autumn Sunshine, Lambdin did not use the traditional composition of a vase of flowers on a tabletop. Instead, his painting of potted plants on the floor of a greenhouse captures the flowers as they are still growing, creating a more natural image. The soft tones of yellow and pink emphasize the delicate texture of the chrysanthemum's petals, while the dead leaves, together with the thin vine in the background, enhance the feeling of having captured a fleeting moment in nature.

Keywords

Animal - insect - butterfly

Landscape - plant - chrysanthemum

Landscape - season - autumn

Landscape - weather - sun

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About George Cochran Lambdin

Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1830 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1896

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