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Looking upon the River

Highly detailed painting in mostly earth tones of a forested area that opens up at a small path to frame on all sides a light-blue body of water an a small sailboat, rolling mountains in the distance.
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  • Highly detailed painting in mostly earth tones of a forested area that opens up at a small path to frame on all sides a light-blue body of water an a small sailboat, rolling mountains in the distance.

Date:

1880

Artist:

Julie Hart Beers
American, 1834–1913

About this artwork

In this scenic composition, Julie Hart Beers contrasted the lush vegetation of a forest in the foreground with the luminous view of a waterway and mountains beyond. She employed swift brushwork to describe the setting, including flourishes to suggest two or three figures alongside a boat at center.

Beers built a successful professional career in landscape painting beginning in the 1860s, seizing opportunities available to her—because her brothers were also painters—for training and studio space. She also connected with other female artists in New York City. In addition to income from the sale of her works, Beers supported herself and her family by teaching as well as leading sketching excursions for groups of women throughout New England and the Adirondack Mountains.

Status

On View, Gallery 170

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Julie Hart Beers

Title

Looking upon the River

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

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1880

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed and dated, recto, lower right, in brown pigment: Julie H. Beers / 1880

Dimensions

51.3 × 35.9 cm (20 3/16 × 14 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by the bequest of Muriel J. Kogan

Reference Number

2022.242

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