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Landscape with Rainbow

1859 Robert S. Duncanson Born: New York 1821 Died: Detroit, Michigan 1872 oil on canvas 30 x 52 1/4 in. (76.3 x 132.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Leonard and Paula Granoff 1983.95.160 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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Robert Seldon Duncanson was America’s best known African American painter in the years surrounding the Civil War. Based in Cincinnati, he was supported by abolitionists who bought his paintings and sponsored his trip to Europe to study from the Old Masters.  In this pastoral landscape, a young couple strolls through fertile pastureland, toward a house at the end of a rainbow.  The cattle head home toward the nearby cottage, reinforcing the sense that man lives in harmony with nature. Duncanson’s vision of rural America as Arcadia, a landscape akin to paradise, is a characteristic feature of his work, a late hope for peace before the onset of Civil War.

Keywords

Animal - cattle

Animal - dog

Children

Figure(s) in exterior - rural

Landscape - phenomenon - rainbow

Occupation - farm - dairy

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Robert S. Duncanson

Born: New York 1821 Died: Detroit, Michigan 1872

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