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Emigrants with Their Wagon and Team Crossing the Plains, (painting)

Artist:
Nahl Brothers
Medium:
Oil/canvas
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
Oil painting. 2d premium. $10. [P. 192.] Oil Paintings on Canvas.--Second premium, Nahl brothers, San Francisco: "Historical, life-size painting of Emigrants with their Wagon and Team crossing the Plains." The subject of this picture is one that possesses peculiar interest for Californians, embodying, as it does, the main features of pioneer life. The grouping of the figures is well managed, and the composition, representing the high-idea of the westward march of civilization, will give the painting an enduring value. . . . The plaintive expression of the worn-out, fallen ox is truly touching, while the anxious countenances around, watching the effect of the refreshing draught, awaken the secret chords of sympathy. More elaboration in the landscape and greater depth of color, particularly in the foreground, would have made the picture more attractive to those who require a great variety of detail to excite interest. . . . Rendered as they are, all the figures tend towards the main object without being elaborately grouped to create a sensation. "This honesty in the arts, as in all things else," remarks the talented author of Corinne, "characterizes true genius, for artifices for effect usually destroy enthusiasm. . . . These natural beauties grow on us each day, while of works done for effect of our first sight is always the most striking." [Pp. 278-279.]
Transactions of the State Agricultural Society.
Artist address: San Francisco.
Topic:
History--United States--Exploration
Western
Figure(s) In Exterior--Frontier
Travel--Land--Wagon
Animal--Cattle
Landscape--United States
Control number:
AECI 02610089
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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