Solitude

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1818

Artist:

Joshua Shaw
American, born England, c. 1777–1860

About this artwork

Joshua Shaw was one of the earliest landscape painters to work in America, practicing in Baltimore and Philadelphia upon emigrating from England in 1817. Shaw excelled at painting Romantic scenes of imaginary Arcadian landscapes. In Solitude, a male figure reclines in the foreground, with the contemplative

pose and seminude state of a poet or philosopher inspired by the beauty of nature. In addition to idealized compositions such as this one, Shaw painted landscapes in watercolor based on observations of various locales along the Eastern Seaboard. Shaw was a generation older than Thomas Cole and other artists of the country’s first school of landscape painting, the Hudson River School, which emerged in the second quarter of the 19th century.

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American Art, Gallery 169

Artist

Joshua Shaw

Title

Solitude

Origin

United States

Date

1818

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

54.5 × 78.7 cm (21 1/2 × 31 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior acquisition of the Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection; the George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

2004.489

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