Blasted Tree

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1850

Artist:

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.

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American Art, Gallery 172

Artist

Jasper Francis Cropsey

Title

Blasted Tree

Origin

United States

Date

1850

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

43.2 × 35.6 cm (17 × 14 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Jamee J. and Marshall Field

Reference Number

1997.898

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