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The Hills

ca. 1919 Preston Dickinson Born: New York, New York 1889 Died: Irun, Spain 1930 oil on canvas 24 x 27 in. (61.0 x 68.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Flora E. H. Shawan from the Ferdinand Howald Collection 1965.11.1 Not currently on view

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Preston Dickinson painted The Hills a few years after he returned to New York from France. He admired the work of the French modernist painters, especially Paul C├ęzanne, who transformed his subjects into simple shapes and planes of color. Dickinson composed this landscape from triangles and curves, and even the clouds reflect the shapes of the hills and buildings. The expressive brushstrokes and vibrant color evoke an energetic, windswept day in the countryside of New York.


Architecture Exterior - domestic - farmhouse

Architecture Exterior - farm - barn

Landscape - farm

Landscape - mountain


paint - oil

fabric - canvas