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Moonlight

circa 1910-1920

Elliott Daingerfield (American, 1859 - 1932)

At the beginning of the 20th century, the public’s interest in landscape painting remained strong, as many artists continued to mine the natural world for inspiration. The attention to detail that was so important to the preceding generation of artists, however, had given way to a preference for a more loosely-brushed style and greater artistic license.
Impressionism and Tonalism became the predominant styles of the era. Central to Tonalism was the belief that the poetic beauty of nature was as important as specific details and a strict fidelity to observed appearances. The soft, unifying hues found at dawn and dusk made these times of day popular subjects for Tonalist artists like Elliot Daingerfield, who spent much of his career in the mountain town of Blowing Rock.

Place object was created: United States

oil paint, canvas

Measurements:    frame height: 38 inches    frame width: 43.75 inches    canvas height: 30 inches    canvas width: 36 inches    frame depth: 2.75 inches

Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary 1971.18

Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN