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Remembrances of a Scene near Auerbach

ca. 1856 Robert S. Duncanson Born: New York 1821 Died: Detroit, Michigan 1872 oil on canvas 13 1/2 x 18 3/8 in. (34.3 x 46.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Drs. Richard and Barbara Wong 1983.95.172 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Robert Duncanson’s trip to Europe in 1853 probably inspired Remembrances of a Scene near Auerbach. In the distance, a lake disappears into tree-covered mountains, and nestled into the hills sits Auerbach Castle, a German fortress that still exists today. Shafts of sunlight stream through the clouds, illuminating the castle and making it the focal point in the landscape. Like many nineteenth-century American artists, Duncanson was fascinated with Europe’s classical and medieval ruins as aesthetically pleasing markers of the passage of time and its effect on the landscape.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - castle

Landscape - Germany - Auerbach

Landscape - lake

Landscape - mountain

Landscape - rocks

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Robert S. Duncanson

Born: New York 1821 Died: Detroit, Michigan 1872

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