At the beginning of the 20th century, the public’s interest in landscape painting remained strong as numerous artists continued to mine the natural world for inspiration. The meticulous attention to detail that was so important to artists working in the middle of the 19th century, however, had given way to a preference for scenes that allowed for a broader treatment and greater artistic license. Impressionism and Tonalism were the predominant aesthetic modes 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; they are, in fact, the subjects of the paintings by John Francis Murphy and Elliott Daingerfield and the painted ceramic plaque by Edward G. Diers.
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 inchesGift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary 1971.18
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN