About this artwork
Asher B. Durand was a prominent figure of the Hudson River School who contributed to the rise of American landscape painting in the 1840s and 1850s. His Study of Rocks in Pearson’s Ravine depicts a fragment of forested terrain in the Delaware River Valley in New Jersey. The composition is an example of Durand’s intense investigation of nature, executed outdoors and with a high degree of finish. The artist rendered the moss-covered stone, flowering groundcover, and botanical variety in its particularity. Such small-scale canvases represent some of the earliest exhibited plein air (outdoor) painting in the United States.
- Asher Brown Durand
- Study of Rocks in Pearson's Ravine
- United States
- Oil on canvas
- 61 × 45.7 cm (24 × 18 in.)
- Gift of Jamee J. and Marshall Field