La Tour de Solidor at St. Severin, Normandy

Media - 1974.69.7 - SAAM-1974.69.7_2 - 135445
Copied Carroll Beckwith, La Tour de Solidor at St. Severin, Normandy, ca. 1877, oil on fabric: canvas mounted on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Smithsonian Institution, 1974.69.7
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Artwork Details

Title
La Tour de Solidor at St. Severin, Normandy
Date
ca. 1877
Dimensions
12 189 78 in. (30.825.1 cm.)
Credit Line
Transfer from Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Smithsonian Institution
Mediums Description
oil on fabric: canvas mounted on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture — boat
  • Landscape — France — Saint Severin
  • Landscape — France — Normandy
  • Architecture Exterior — castle — Tour de Solidor
  • Figure group
Object Number
1974.69.7

Artwork Description

James Carroll Beckwith made many trips to Europe throughout his life and spent at least one summer in Normandy. The coastal light inspired a series of moody paintings of dramatic ruins set against restless skies. This piece shows a fourteenth-century fortress in the city of Saint-Malo. Beckwith placed the massive structure at the top of the canvas against a dark, stormy sky to emphasize its height and grandeur.

Luce Object Quote

“Normandy sky with its cloud and rain every half hour is hard on a painter.” Carroll Beckwith, diary, August 21, 1891, quoted in Franchi and Weber, Intimate Revelations: The Art of Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917), 1999