Birge Harrison, born Philadelphia, PA 1854-died Woodstock, NY 1929 Search this
oil on wood mounted on wooden cradle
15 1/4 x 23 3/8 in. (38.7 x 59.4 cm.)
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