Toning the Bell

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1874

Artist:

Walter Shirlaw
American, born Scotland, 1838–1909

About this artwork

Like many artists of his generation, Walter Shirlaw furthered his training in Europe, studying at the Royal Academy in Munich. German instruction focused on a dark, painterly realism and was steeped in an astute understanding of aesthetic traditions. In Toning the Bell, executed during his student years and now considered his best-known work, the artist demonstrated an accomplished Munich style, featuring noble peasants, a limited tonal palette, and strong contrasts of light and dark. Prior to his time abroad, Shirlaw had worked in Chicago and helped establish the Chicago Academy of Design, a forerunner to the Art Institute of Chicago.

On View

American Art, Gallery 175

Artist

Walter Shirlaw

Title

Toning the Bell

Origin

Munich

Date

1874

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "Walter Shirlaw / 1874"

Dimensions

101.6 × 76.2 cm (40 × 30 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection

Reference Number

1938.1280

Extended information about this artwork

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