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Willliam B. Post

Apple Trees in Blossom
about 1897
platinum print
7 1/2 x 9 3/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase from the Charles Isaacs Collection made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

This orchard view bursts with luxuriant apple blossoms in a silvery-toned platinum print that reflects the ideals of impressionist painting. The angular picket fence suggests man’s intrusion upon nature’s sublimity, yet also evokes an effort to contain a quiet refuge from America’s advancing industrialization.