Landscape with Sheep

Media - 1983.95.168 - SAAM-1983.95.168_1 - 7473
Copied Robert S. Duncanson, Landscape with Sheep, n.d., oil on canvas, 32 1444 18 in. (81.9112.1 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Sol and Lillian Koffler, 1983.95.168
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Artwork Details

Landscape with Sheep
32 1444 18 in. (81.9112.1 cm.)
frame verso across top, twice along right, and once on left in felt-tipped pen and ink: S K & L K frame verso lower left in felt-tipped pen and ink: S.K. backing verso lower right in pencil: 77-25-1 stretcher verso upper right and lower left in felt-tipped pen and ink: S.K. & L.K. stretcher verso upper right in felt-tipped pen and ink: S.K.
Credit Line
Gift of Sol and Lillian Koffler
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Landscape
  • Landscape — mountain
  • Animal — sheep
  • Landscape — lake
  • Landscape — time — sunset
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Artwork Description

Landscape with Sheep was inspired by the countryside around Robert S. Duncanson’s home in Cincinnati. He painted domestic scenes of farmland to emphasize the beauty and perfection of nature and its relationship to man. In this image he created a gentle landscape bathed in soft pinks and yellows to create an intimate, enticing view. Scenes like this would have been popular with nineteenth-century Americans, who felt cut off from nature as more and more land was taken by industry.