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Kauterskill Clove, Catskill Mountains

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

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Sanford Robinson Gifford (American, 1823–1880)

About this artwork

The Catskill Mountains were a favored subject of Sanford Robinson Gifford, an important landscape painter of the mid-nineteenth century who grew up nearby in Hudson, New York. In Kauterskill Clove, Catskill Mountains, Gifford bathes the forested gorge in golden light. The scene’s thick, rich atmosphere transforms a topographical view into a romantic vista. A miniscule daub of blue paint on the rocks in the foreground suggests the presence of a figure and, in turn, signals the immensity of nature, visualized here as a place of spiritual transcendence. Gifford painted numerous versions of Kauterskill Clove throughout his career, with this small sketch completed during the last year of his life.


On View, Gallery 172


Arts of the Americas


Sanford Robinson Gifford


Kauterskill Clove, Catskill Mountains


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


33.7 × 27 cm (13 1/4 × 10 5/8 in.)

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The Goodman and Wirt D. Walker funds

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