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Stag at Echo Rock

late 19th century Unidentified oil on canvas 36 x 29 in. (91.4 x 73.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.117 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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Stag at Echo Rock exemplifies the untrained but inventive style characteristic of much folk art. Untutored in the mechanics of perspective, this artist has produced a gripping image in which the background seems to tilt toward us, skewing our sense of depth. Though flattened, the image is rich in visual patterning and attention to detail, and is clearly made by someone intimately familiar with these rural surroundings.

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Keywords

Animal - deer

Animal - horse

Landscape - road

Landscape - rocks

Landscape - tree

Landscape - weather - snow

painting

folk art

paint - oil

fabric - canvas