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Blasted Tree

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Jasper Francis Cropsey
American, 1823–1900

About this artwork

Like his fellow Hudson River School landscapists, Jasper Cropsey sketched in nature and then combined motifs he had observed into his compositions in his New York studio. In the late 1840s and early 1850s he traveled frequently to the Catskills, where he produced this oil sketch. Here, the gnarled trunk and branches of the weather-beaten tree offered the artist interesting variations of color, tone, and line. Cropsey often included such old trees in his paintings in emulation of Thomas Cole, whom he greatly admired. In Cropsey’s work, as in that of Cole, the subject introduces a sense of time and history into the scene, as well as conveying the sublime power of nature.


On View, Gallery 172


Arts of the Americas


Jasper Francis Cropsey


Blasted Tree


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


43.2 × 35.6 cm (17 × 14 in.)

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Gift of Jamee J. and Marshall Field

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