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Landscape with Family by Lake

1858 Robert S. Duncanson Born: New York 1821 Died: Detroit, Michigan 1872 oil on canvas 12 x 17 in. (30.5 x 43.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of J & R Investments 1983.95.175 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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During the late 1850s, Robert S. Duncanson painted romantic views of the Ohio River valley, near his home in Cincinnati. Images like Landscape with Family by Lake showed people enjoying nature in peaceful settings, suggesting the nineteenth-century faith that God created the wilderness for man to enjoy. The setting sun infuses the tree in the foreground with glowing colors to evoke a divine light watching over the countryside.

Keywords

Figure(s) in exterior - water

Landscape - lake

Recreation - sport and play - boating

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Robert S. Duncanson

Born: New York 1821 Died: Detroit, Michigan 1872

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