Study of Rocks in Pearson's Ravine

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

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Date:

mid–1850s

Artist:

Asher B. Durand
American, 1796–1886

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 painting in the United States.

On View

American Art, Gallery 171

Artist

Asher Brown Durand

Title

Study of Rocks in Pearson's Ravine

Origin

United States

Date

1850–1859

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

61 × 45.7 cm (24 × 18 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Jamee J. and Marshall Field

Reference Number

2018.364

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