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Trees on a Rocky Hillside

Trees on a Rocky Hillside

c. 1849
(American, 1796–1886)
Framed: 64.8 x 83.2 x 7.9 cm (25 1/2 x 32 3/4 x 3 1/8 in.); Unframed: 42.5 x 61.3 cm (16 3/4 x 24 1/8 in.); Former: 53.5 x 72 x 6.5 cm (21 1/16 x 28 3/8 x 2 9/16 in.)

Did You Know?

Before becoming a painter, Durand designed paper currency for the federal government.

Description

Durand was one of the first American artists to paint outdoors, rather than in the confines of a studio, which was the longstanding tradition. This outdoor oil sketch of a seemingly random corner of the woods offers an intimate view of a granite outcropping amid lush vegetation. Its small-scale, unusually cropped composition contrasts with the sweeping vistas in many other landscapes of the era.
  • 1968-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    Until 1968
    (Kennedy Galleries, New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    c. 1966-1968
    Private collection, Philadelphia, probably consigned to Kennedy Galleries
    1966
    (Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, NY, Nov. 17, 1966, no. 48, unsold)
    -1966
    Private collection
  • Christina Eberli, email to Victoria Sears Goldman, April 10, 2014, in CMA curatorial file.
    Lawrence A. Fleischmann, letter to Ann Tzeutschler Lurie, May 11, 1968, in CMA curatorial fi
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    Christina Eberli, email to Victoria Sears Goldman, April 10, 2014, in CMA curatorial file.
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    Adams, Henry. What's American about American art?: a gallery tour in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2008. Reproduced: p. 68 - 69
  • Year in Review: 1968. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (January 29-March 9, 1969).
    Durand. Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ (organizer) (October 24-November 28, 1971).
    Near-Looking: A Close-Focus Look at a Basic Thread of American Art. Northern Illinois University Art Gallery, DeKalb, IL (organizer) (October 27-November 22, 1974).
    Visions of Landscape: East and West. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 17-March 21, 1982).
    Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Museum of Art, Year in Review for 1968 (29 January - 9 March 1969).
    Montclair, NJ, Montclair Art Museum, A.B. Durand, 1796 - 1886 (24 October - 28 November 1971), no. 70, ill. p. 63 as Rocks and Trees.
    Dekalb, IL, Northern Illinois University Art Gallery, Near-Looking: A Close-Focus Look at a Basic Thread of American Art (27 October - 22 November 1974), possibly traveled to South Bend, IN, Snite Art Gallery, University of Notre Dame (1 December 1974 - 26 January 1975), no. 15, ill. p. 36.
    Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Museum of Art, Visions of Landscape: East and West (17 February - 21 March 1982).
  • {{cite web|title=Trees on a Rocky Hillside|url=false|author=Asher Brown Durand|year=c. 1849|access-date=04 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1968.21