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About This Artwork
Old Tower at Avignon, c. 1875
Oil on canvas
20.3 x 23.7 cm (8 x 9 5/16 in.)
Signed, lower left: "Sam'l. Colman"
Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1187
An accomplished landscapist, Samuel Colman began his career depicting New England scenery, as did his contemporaries among the Hudson River School, the dominant style of landscape painting in mid-19th-century America. After first going to Europe to study in 1860, Colman traveled extensively throughout his long career, traversing France, Italy, Spain, North Africa, Mexico, and the American West, among other destinations. Old Tower at Avignon depicts a 14th-century fortress in southern France. A noted colorist, Colman captured the romance of the age-old structure amid sunlight, storm clouds, and reflections on the Rhône River.
— Permanent collection label
Springfield, Illinois State Museum, "Nineteenth-Century American Paintings: a Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago," March 5-April 24, 1966; traveled to Iowa, Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, May 19-June 5, 1966; Muscatine, Iowa, Laura Musser Art Gallery and Museum, July 24-October 2, 1966; Peoria, Illinois, Lakeview Center for the Arts and Sciences, November 30, 1966-January 8, 1967.