About this artwork
Old Tower at Avignon depicts a 14th-century fortress in southern France. A noted colorist for his use of saturated hues, Samuel Colman captured the romance of the age-old structure amid sunlight, storm clouds, and reflections on the Rhône River. An accomplished landscapist, 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.
- Samuel Colman
- Old Tower at Avignon
- United States (Artist's nationality)
- c. 1875
- Oil on canvas
- Signed, lower left: "Sam'l. Colman"
- 20.3 × 23.7 cm (8 × 9 5/16 in.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection