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La Tour de Solidor at St. Severin, Normandy

ca. 1877 Carroll Beckwith Born: Hannibal, Missouri 1852 Died: New York, New York 1917 oil on fabric: canvas mounted on paperboard 12 1/8 x 9 7/8 in. (30.8 x 25.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Smithsonian Institution 1974.69.7 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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“Normandy sky with its cloud and rain every half hour is hard on a painter.” Carroll Beckwith, diary, August 21, 1891, quoted in Franchi and Weber, Intimate Revelations: The Art of Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917), 1999

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James Carroll Beckwith made many trips to Europe throughout his life and spent at least one summer in Normandy. The coastal light inspired a series of moody paintings of dramatic ruins set against restless skies. This piece shows a fourteenth-century fortress in the city of Saint-Malo. Beckwith placed the massive structure at the top of the canvas against a dark, stormy sky to emphasize its height and grandeur.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - castle - Tour de Solidor

Architecture - boat

Figure(s) in exterior - castle

Landscape - France - Normandy

Landscape - France - Saint Severin

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About Carroll Beckwith

Born: Hannibal, Missouri 1852 Died: New York, New York 1917

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