American, 1823 - 1900

Hastings on the Hudson

Date: ca. 1890

This small painting is a “cabinet work.” That means they were easily included inside a small gallery that many art collectors of the time would have had to display art treasures. Jasper Cropsey was a fan of the “Truth in Nature” philosophy set forth by art critic John Ruskin. That theory advocated for accurate depiction of natural forms and effects, and these paintings are fine examples. This scene shows a couple on a hillside while cows amble in the foreground. Warm color and a sense of serenity suggest sunset is approaching. Cropsey’s skill has captured a reverie on canvas.

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Medium: Oil on canvas

Inscriptions: Signed and dated lower right: “J.F. Cropsey 1890”

Dimensions: H: 12 x W: 20 in.

Place: America

Accession: 0042.2

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Paintings - Landscapes

Tags: Cabinet Works , Hudson , Sunset

Purchased November, 1974 from Newhouse Galleries. One of the pair exhibited at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts September 5, 1993 to october 31, 1993 in an exhibit entittled "Vistas of an Expanding Nation."