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Birge Harrison
Winter Sunset
about 1890
oil
15 1/4 x 23 3/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum



Once titled Winter in Brittany by an art dealer eager to cater to buyers' desire for all things French, this painting is now thought to have been painted in New England or Quebec. Birge Harrison believed it was a painter's duty to “transmit to picture-lovers…the emotions and the impressions of strength and power or of poetic beauty which have come to us direct from nature.”