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1859 Charles H. Moore Born: New York, New York 1840 Died: Hampshire, England 1930 oil on canvas 14 x 24 1/2 in. (35.6 x 62.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Donated in memory of Lila and A. Russell Ellis by their sons. 1994.82 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Charles Herbert Moore created many paintings in and around the Catskill Mountains of New York before he settled there in 1862. Like many American landscape painters of the nineteenth century, Moore believed that art should be true to nature to emphasize the glory of God’s creations. In this image the hazy sunshine bathes the scene in a warm glow, highlighting the different textures in each tree, bush, and plant. The animals, rough track, and fences show that this is farmland, but the overgrown vegetation and distant mountaintops suggest the landscape’s original, wild state.

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Animal - cattle

Animal - sheep

Landscape - season - autumn

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas