Kauterskill Clove, Catskill Mountains

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

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Date:

1880

Artist:

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.

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American Art, Gallery 172

Artist

Sanford Robinson Gifford

Title

Kauterskill Clove, Catskill Mountains

Origin

United States

Date

1880

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

33.7 × 27 cm (13 1/4 × 10 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

The Goodman and Wirt D. Walker funds

Reference Number

1982.270

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