Landscape with Rainbow

Copied Robert S. Duncanson, Landscape with Rainbow, 1859, oil on canvas, 3052 14 in. (76.3132.7 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Leonard and Paula Granoff, 1983.95.160
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Artwork Details

Landscape with Rainbow
3052 14 in. (76.3132.7 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Leonard and Paula Granoff
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Children
  • Animal — dog
  • Landscape — phenomenon — rainbow
  • Animal — cattle
  • Occupation — farm — dairy
  • Figure group — male and female
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Artwork Description

Robert Seldon Duncanson was America’s best known African American painter in the years surrounding the Civil War. Based in Cincinnati, he was supported by abolitionists who bought his paintings and sponsored his trip to Europe to study from the Old Masters. In this pastoral landscape, a young couple strolls through fertile pastureland, toward a house at the end of a rainbow. The cattle head home toward the nearby cottage, reinforcing the sense that man lives in harmony with nature. Duncanson’s vision of rural America as Arcadia, a landscape akin to paradise, is a characteristic feature of his work, a late hope for peace before the onset of Civil War.

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