Autumn Sunshine

  • George Cochran Lambdin, Autumn Sunshine, 1880, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1978.68

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George Cochran Lambdin painted this work while living in Philadelphia's Germantown section,an area famed in the late nineteenth century for its gardens. Lambdin turned his attention to paintings of flowers in 1870, probably inspired by the English Pre-Raphaelites, who believed that a closer study of nature resulted in paintings that were more spiritually truthful. In Autumn Sunshine, Lambdin did not use the traditional composition of a vase of flowers on a tabletop. Instead, his painting of potted plants on the floor of a greenhouse captures the flowers as they are still growing, creating a more natural image. The soft tones of yellow and pink emphasize the delicate texture of the chrysanthemum's petals, while the dead leaves, together with the thin vine in the background, enhance the feeling of having captured a fleeting moment in nature.

Title
Autumn Sunshine
Artist
Date
1880
On View
Dimensions
30 1/8 x 20 in. (76.5 x 50.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – insect – butterfly
  • Landscape – weather – sun
  • Landscape – season – autumn
  • Landscape – plant – chrysanthemum
Object Number
1978.68
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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