About this artwork
Landscape painter Sanford Robinson Gifford portrayed the glowing light of sunset with brief brushstrokes and a limited, terracotta palette in this small oil sketch. With gradated bands of color, the artist captured the transitory moment’s golden, expansive sky and its reflection on the watering hole below. The bucolic scene evokes the tranquility and romance of nature. Across the pond, a home in the wilderness indicates man’s harmonious relation to the land.
- Sanford Robinson Gifford
- Cows in a Pond at Sunset
- New York
- Oil on canvas
- signed, lower left in wet paint: "SR Gifford '60"
- 19.1 × 35.9 cm (7 1/2 × 14 1/8 in.)
- Through prior acquisition of the Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection