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The Close of Day

n.d. Charles Melville Dewey Born: Lowville, New York 1849 Died: New York, New York 1937 oil on canvas 23 3/8 x 39 1/8 in. (59.3 x 99.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of William T. Evans 1909.7.20 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Charles Melville Dewey was among the practitioners of American tonalism, a style of painting characterized by muted colors and soft-edged, atmospheric effects. The Close of Day captures that fleeting moment as shadows gather and the sun slips beneath the horizon. In the foreground, light reflected in puddles highlights the cart tracks in a dirt road that leads to a house with a smoking chimney, seen in the distance.


Landscape - road

Landscape - time - evening


paint - oil

fabric - canvas