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Mount Chocorua

1856 William James Stillman Born: Schenectady, New York 1828 Died: Surrey, England 1901 oil on canvas 12 1/8 x 18 in. (30.8 x 45.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Dr. Richard D. Bullock and museum purchase made possible by Walter Beck and Reverend F. Ward Denys 1999.81 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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“The true method of study is, to take small portions of scenes, and there to explore perfectly and with the most insatiable curiosity, every object presented, and to define them with the carefulness of a topographer.” Stillman, The Crayon, March 28, 1855, quoted in Ehrenkranz, Poetic Localities, 1988

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This image shows Mount Chocorua in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. William James Stillman was a friend of the English art critic John Ruskin and an enthusiastic follower of Ruskin’s belief that “All great art is the expression of man's delight in God's work, not his own.” In this piece, Stillman painted every element in careful detail to show its perfection, from the mossy rocks in the foreground to the patches of snow on the mountain peak.

Keywords

Landscape - lake

Landscape - mountain - Mount Chocorua

Landscape - New Hampshire

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About William James Stillman

Born: Schenectady, New York 1828 Died: Surrey, England 1901

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