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Loch Long

1867 Robert S. Duncanson Born: New York 1821 Died: Detroit, Michigan 1872 oil on canvas 7 x 11 7/8 in. (17.7 x 30.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Donald J. Shein 1983.95.171 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 11A


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Robert Duncanson painted this scene of Scotland's Loch Long after traveling to Scotland and Great Britain in 1865. His use of panoramic views emphasized nature‚Äôs vastness and quiet splendor, much like the artists of the Hudson River school, whose landscapes were influenced by Romanticism. Duncanson was one of the few nineteenth-century African American artists to receive international recognition. Because of the great restraints on African American artists at the time, Duncanson traveled to Europe, where his landscapes enjoyed considerable success. The idealized landscape in Loch Long, romantic and serene, may convey the artist's desire for harmony and an America free of racial oppression.

Keywords

Animal - cattle

Figure group - male and child

Landscape - lake - Loch Long

Landscape - mountain

Landscape - Scotland

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Robert S. Duncanson

Born: New York 1821 Died: Detroit, Michigan 1872

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