On the Terrace

Media - 1929.6.143 - SAAM-1929.6.143_2 - 135115
Copied John Henry Twachtman, On the Terrace, ca. 1890-1900, oil on canvas, 25 1430 18 in. (64.176.5 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.143
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Artwork Details

On the Terrace
ca. 1890-1900
Not on view
25 1430 18 in. (64.176.5 cm.)
lower left in oil: J.H. TWAchtMAn - stretcher upper left in acrylic: 29.6.143.G
Credit Line
Gift of John Gellatly
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Figure group — female and child
  • Landscape — garden
  • Architecture — detail — patio
  • Architecture Exterior — domestic — house
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Artwork Description

John Henry Twachtman settled in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1889 and painted many images of his farm property. This springtime scene shows his wife, Martha, and their children on a terrace bordered by flowers and bathed in soft light. Martha rocks her newborn son while daughters Marjorie and Elsie play quietly by her side. Twachtman wanted the figures in his paintings to appear casual, and here the intimate group evokes a snapshot of family life rather than a formally posed portrait. The crisp white dresses echo the white flowers along the pathway and create an aura of innocence and purity around the young children and their mother.