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.
- Sanford Robinson Gifford
- Kauterskill Clove, Catskill Mountains
- United States
- Oil on canvas
- 33.7 × 27 cm (13 1/4 × 10 5/8 in.)
- The Goodman and Wirt D. Walker funds