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Indian Summer

1903 J. Francis Murphy Born: Oswego, New York 1853 Died: New York, New York 1921 oil on canvas 16 1/4 x 22 in. (41.2 x 56.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of William T. Evans 1909.7.51 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 30A

Luce Center Label

J. Francis Murphy created intimate landscape scenes that were painstakingly produced. His process required applying one overall wash of paint to the canvas while he was outside so that he could capture the dominant colors of the landscape. He would let the canvas dry for up to a year before completing the painting in his studio. With its spindly trees, soft yellow-green fields and sweeping clouds, Indian Summer conjures the hazy quality of a memory or dream. (Burke, “J. Francis Murphy,” American Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. III, 1980)


Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Landscape - plain

Landscape - season - autumn


paint - oil

fabric - canvas