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Like his fellow Hudson River School landscapists, Jasper Cropsey sketched in nature and then combined motifs he had observed into his compositions in his New York studio. In the late 1840s and early 1850s he traveled frequently to the Catskills, where he produced this oil sketch. Here, the gnarled trunk and branches of the weather-beaten tree offered the artist interesting variations of color, tone, and line. Cropsey often included such old trees in his paintings in emulation of Thomas Cole, whom he greatly admired. In Cropsey’s work, as in that of Cole, the subject introduces a sense of time and history into the scene, as well as conveying the sublime power of nature.

Credit: Gift of Jamee J....

1850
Oil on canvas
43.2 x 35.6cm
1997.898
Image and text courtesy of Art Institute of Chicago, 2019

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