From the Shawangunk Mountains

  • Sanford Robinson Gifford, From the Shawangunk Mountains, 1823-1880, oil on canvas on panel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Charles H. Ettl, 1987.61.2

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This tiny image is an oil sketch for one of Sanford Robinson Gifford’s many paintings of the Shawangunk Mountains in New York. Gifford was one of the first artists to recognize the artistic potential of the Shawangunks, which were filled with steep, craggy slopes and sweeping valleys (Avery and Kelly, eds., Hudson River School Visions: The Landscapes of Sanford R. Gifford, 2003). He used quick, expressive brushstrokes to capture the rocks, trees, and sky in the glowing colors of a summer sunset.

Title
From the Shawangunk Mountains
Artist
Date
1823-1880
On View
Dimensions
3 1/8 x 5 3/8 in. (7.9 x 13.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Charles H. Ettl

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas on panel
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – New York
  • Landscape – mountain – Shawangunk Mountains
Object Number
1987.61.2
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