Lengthening Shadows

  • Kenyon Cox, Lengthening Shadows, 1888, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Ambrose Lansing, 1983.114.9

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Kenyon Cox intended to make his career as a figural painter. In the 1880s, however, his father persuaded him to spend several months painting in Bellaire, Ohio, because he believed that landscapes would bring in more money for the young artist. In Lengthening Shadows, Cox positioned the viewer at the highest point in the scene to emphasize the gentle, grassy slopes of Ohio's rolling hills. (Morgan, Kenyon Cox, 1856-1919: A Life in American Art, 1994) The soft, golden tones of green and the long shadows suggest it was painted at dusk, just before the sun completely disappeared over the horizon.

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"I have no ability whatever to paint [landscape] except directly from nature." Kenyon Cox, quoted in Morgan, Kenyon Cox, 1856-1919: A Life in American Art, 1994

Lengthening Shadows
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15 1/4 x 30 1/4 in. (38.7 x 76.8 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Ambrose Lansing

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oil on canvas
  • Landscape – time – twilight
  • Landscape – phenomenon – light
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