Misty May Morn

Media - 1929.6.141 - SAAM-1929.6.141_2 - 135098
Copied John Henry Twachtman, Misty May Morn, 1899, oil on canvas, 25 1830 in. (63.876.1 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.141
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Artwork Details

Misty May Morn
Not on view
25 1830 in. (63.876.1 cm.)
lower right in oil: JH TWAchTmAn-/1899. frame verso upper left and lower right in acrylic: 29.6.141.G stretcher upper left in acrylic: 29.6.141.G
Credit Line
Gift of John Gellatly
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Landscape
  • Landscape — tree
  • Landscape — river
  • Landscape — season — spring
  • Landscape — time — morning
  • Landscape — weather — fog
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Artwork Description

John Henry Twachtman exhibited Morning, now called Misty May Morn, to considerable praise at an exhibition of the Ten in 1899. The Ten was a group of American artists, including Twachtman, who left the conservative Society of American Artists to pursue the loose brushstrokes and bright palette of impressionism, which was considered ultramodern at the time. This influence can be seen in Misty May Morn. Twachtman used delicate color effects to capture the spring countryside in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he purchased a farm and settled with his family in 1889. The farm became the subject of many of his best-known landscapes, particularly his winter scenes. Misty May Morn remains the only painting from his Connecticut years that Twachtman specifically dated.