Remembrances of a Scene near Auerbach

  • Robert S. Duncanson, Remembrances of a Scene near Auerbach, ca. 1856, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Drs. Richard and Barbara Wong, 1983.95.172

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Robert Duncanson’s trip to Europe in 1853 probably inspired Remembrances of a Scene near Auerbach. In the distance, a lake disappears into tree-covered mountains, and nestled into the hills sits Auerbach Castle, a German fortress that still exists today. Shafts of sunlight stream through the clouds, illuminating the castle and making it the focal point in the landscape. Like many nineteenth-century American artists, Duncanson was fascinated with Europe’s classical and medieval ruins as aesthetically pleasing markers of the passage of time and its effect on the landscape.
Remembrances of a Scene near Auerbach
ca. 1856
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13 1/2 x 18 3/8 in. (34.3 x 46.7 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Drs. Richard and Barbara Wong

Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Architecture Exterior – castle
  • Landscape – Germany – Auerbach
  • Landscape – mountain
  • Landscape – lake
  • Landscape – rocks
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