Nov 12, 2010
Nov 12, 2010

Deserted Wharf (The Old Mill at Cos Cob)

Deserted Wharf (The Old Mill at Cos Cob)

before 1899

John Henry Twachtman

(American, 1853–1902)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 61.5 x 51 cm (24 3/16 x 20 1/16 in.)

Bequest of Julia Morgan Marlatt 1942.122



In 1892, John Twachtman, one of the most imaginative of the American Impressionists, established a summer colony at Cos Cob, Connecticut. This painting depicts the Holley Mill near Cos Cob. Unlike the French Impressionists, who tended to analyze the effects of light and color in a scene, Twachtman was interested in expressing the pure poetry of color and his emotional response to the changes he observed in nature.

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