La Tour de Solidor at St. Severin, Normandy

  • 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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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.

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“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

Title
La Tour de Solidor at St. Severin, Normandy
Artist
Date
ca. 1877
Location
Dimensions
12 1/8 x 9 7/8 in. (30.8 x 25.1 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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
Object Number
1974.69.7
Palette
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