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Landscape—Scene from "Thanatopsis"

Artist:
Asher Brown Durand (American, Jefferson, New Jersey 1796–1886 Maplewood, New Jersey)
Date:
1850
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
39 1/2 x 61 in. (100.3 x 154.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1911
Accession Number:
11.156
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 759
Inspired by William Cullen Bryant's poem "Thanatopsis," this landscape was first exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1850. The catalogue noted lines from Bryant's poem. After the exhibition, the picture was acquired by the American Art-Union and distributed in the same year to one of its subscribers. Durand's son noted that after this his father got the picture back, repainted parts of it, and sold it to Mr. B.F. Gardner. Durand briefly resumed painting large philosophical landscapes after the death of Thomas Cole, using his works as models. The presence of a funeral, of a farmer's daily work, and of the ruins of man in ancient nature reflects the poem's emphasis on the permanence of the earth and the creation and reversion of man from and to its soils.
Signature: [at lower left]: A.B. Durand, 1850
American Art-Union, New York, 1850; by lottery to Frank Moore, New York, 1850; B. F. Gardner, Baltimore, by 1862; on consignment to S. P. Avery; sale, Leeds' Art Gallery, New York, 28 Dec. 1866, no. 47a.; J. Pierpont Morgan, New York, by 1894–1911
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