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Winter Sunset

ca. 1890 Birge Harrison Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1854 Died: Woodstock, New York 1929 oil on wood mounted on wooden cradle 15 1/4 x 23 3/8 in. (38.7 x 59.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1984.23 Not currently on view


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“Color is very closely allied to music. Both are sensuous and [passionate], playing directly upon the emotions . . .” The artist, in his book Landscape Painting, 1909

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In his 1909 book, Landscape Painting, Birge Harrison described color as “dancing” in nature, and he was especially fascinated by the subtle tones in a wintry landscape. In this image, he painted the pinks and purples of a winter sunset reflected and diffused across broken ice. The dark boats trapped by the frozen water and the pale colors evoke an environment that is both harsh and beautiful.

Keywords

Architecture - boat - sailboat

Waterscape - coast

Waterscape - harbor

Waterscape - season - winter

Waterscape - time - sunset

painting

paint - oil

wood

About Birge Harrison

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1854 Died: Woodstock, New York 1929