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Artist:
Birge Harrison, born Philadelphia, PA 1854-died Woodstock, NY 1929  Search this
Medium:
oil on wood mounted on wooden cradle
Dimensions:
15 1/4 x 23 3/8 in. (38.7 x 59.4 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1890
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
Topic:
Waterscape\harbor  Search this
Waterscape\coast  Search this
Architecture\boat\sailboat  Search this
Waterscape\time\sunset  Search this
Waterscape\season\winter  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase
Object number:
1984.23
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1984.23