The Puff of Smoke

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1912

Artist:

Gifford Beal
American, 1879–1956

About this artwork

In The Puff of Smoke, Gifford Beal portrayed a view of the Hudson River at Newburgh, New York, concentrating on the scene’s urban elements. Several utility poles frame the panorama, while the titular puff of smoke billows up from below eye level. Although Beal did not depict the source of the steam, it is probably from a passing train connecting Newburgh with the major metropolitan areas of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The artist employed a cool, silvery palette to describe the crisp atmosphere of this cold day. He applied the paint with brisk, fluid brushwork, especially in the billowing cloud, which he rendered with a tactile, white impasto.

On View

American Art, Gallery 272

Artist

Gifford Beal

Title

The Puff of Smoke

Origin

United States

Date

1912

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed and dated lower left: Gifford Beal 12

Dimensions

92.1 × 122.6 cm (36 1/4 × 48 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection

Reference Number

1912.1802

Extended information about this artwork

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