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Sunset on the South Fork of the American River, (painting)

Artist:
Butman, Frederick
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
Best Landscape in Oil.--To Frederick Butman, of San Francisco--first premium. Subject--"Sunset on the South Fork of the American river." Truth of form in rocks and mountain-ranges, and the management of light and shade, have heretofore constituted the predominant merits of the productions of this industrious artist. . . . In the gorgeous effects of a California sunset--cool with reflected light, yet radiant with warmth--we discover to what good purpose Mr. Butman has devoted another year of diligent study. . . . And herein lies the secret of the perfection of the present picture, that while, with botanical and geological truth he has traced bramble, shrub, and tree, and veined the granite stone, this is but the secondary accompaniment to the illumination elaborately worked out from above, making all objects in heaven and earth to glow with opal hues. . . . From the deep-toned purple of the sky beyond the feathery evanescent cirri, and the piled up cumuli, driven together by the winds and kept thus undisturbed for hours, to the quivering light on the mountain-tops and the transparent shadows of the valleys, the spectator will feel it everywhere and acknowledge its faithfulness to nature. [Pp. 206-207; entries 02620027, 02620028, 02620029, 02620030, and 02620031 were exhibited together as: "Five oil paintings of California scenery."]
Transactions of the State Agricultural Society.
Artist address: San Francisco, California.
Topic:
Landscape--California
Landscape--River--American River
Landscape--Time--Sunset
Western
Landscape--Weather--Cloud
Landscape--Mountain
Control number:
AECI 02620027
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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