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Untitled (cattle near river with sailboat in distance)

n.d. Edward Mitchell Bannister Born: St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1828 Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1901 oil on canvas 14 1/8 x 20 1/8 in. (36.0 x 51.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of H. Alan and Melvin Frank 1983.95.98 Not currently on view


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"Very few persons trouble themselves about […] reading the great three-leaved book of nature—of land, and sky, and water—as the artist reads it, reverently and lovingly, noting all the varying moods of the elements."  The artist, quoted in "The Artist and His Critics," The Ann-Eliza Club, Providence, RI. April 15, 1886

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Edward Mitchell Bannister was greatly influenced by the French Barbizon school, whose serene depiction of nature and idealized pastoral subjects appealed to his belief in the underlying harmony of all creation. Bannister preferred painting the play of light and the effects of weather on the natural world, often using muted colors and soft depictions of light and shadow. In this untitled work, the dark cluster of trees contrasts with the light-colored clouds, the cows with the bright flock of sheep and river. But within Bannister’s balanced, harmonious composition the lively brushstrokes of the leaves suggest a restless breeze that animates the overcast scene.

Keywords

Animal - cattle

Animal - goat

Landscape - farm

Landscape - water

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Edward Mitchell Bannister

Born: St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1828 Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1901

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