Old Tower at Avignon

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

c. 1875

Artist:

Samuel Colman
American, 1832–1920

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.

On View

American Art, Gallery 175

Artist

Samuel Colman

Title

Old Tower at Avignon

Origin

United States

Date

1870–1880

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "Sam'l. Colman"

Dimensions

20.3 × 23.7 cm (8 × 9 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1187

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