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On the Terrace

ca. 1890-1900 John Henry Twachtman Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1853 Died: Gloucester, Massachusetts 1902 oil on canvas 25 1/4 x 30 1/8 in. (64.1 x 76.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.143 Not currently on view


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John Henry Twachtman settled in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1889 and painted many images of his farm property. This springtime scene shows his wife, Martha, and their children on a terrace bordered by flowers and bathed in soft light. Martha rocks her newborn son while daughters Marjorie and Elsie play quietly by her side. Twachtman wanted the figures in his paintings to appear casual, and here the intimate group evokes a snapshot of family life rather than a formally posed portrait. The crisp white dresses echo the white flowers along the pathway and create an aura of innocence and purity around the young children and their mother.

Keywords

Architecture - detail - patio

Figure group - family - mother and child

Figure group - female and child

Landscape - garden

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About John Henry Twachtman

Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1853 Died: Gloucester, Massachusetts 1902

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