Winter Sunset

  • Birge Harrison, Winter Sunset, ca. 1890, oil on wood mounted on wooden cradle, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1984.23

Luce Center Label

In his 1909 book, Landscape Painting, Birge Harrison described color as “dancing” in nature, and he was especially fascinated by the subtle tones in a wintry landscape. In this image, he painted the pinks and purples of a winter sunset reflected and diffused across broken ice. The dark boats trapped by the frozen water and the pale colors evoke an environment that is both harsh and beautiful.

Luce Object Quote

“Color is very closely allied to music. Both are sensuous and [passionate], playing directly upon the emotions . . .” The artist, in his book Landscape Painting, 1909

Title
Winter Sunset
Artist
Date
ca. 1890
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
15 1/4 x 23 3/8 in. (38.7 x 59.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on wood mounted on wooden cradle
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture – boat – sailboat
  • Waterscape – harbor
  • Waterscape – time – sunset
  • Waterscape – coast
Object Number
1984.23
Palette
Linked Open Data
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