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Rip Van Winkle

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




John Quidor
American, 1801–1881

About this artwork

One of the most original literary painters of the mid-19th century, John Quidor frequently drew on the popular tales of the American author Washington Irving, interpreting them with great imagination and a genuine flair for drama. Quidor’s Rip Van Winkle depicts the moment that Rip, awake after his 20-year sleep in the Catskill Mountains, confronts the suspicious townsfolk who do not recognize their long-lost neighbor. Unlike many portrayals of Rip Van Winkle that emphasize his age and confusion, Quidor’s version casts Rip as strong and defiant. Gesturing forcefully at his son (who is slumped against a tree), Rip acts to regain his sense of belonging in a now-unfamiliar world.


On View, Gallery 172


Arts of the Americas


John Quidor


Rip Van Winkle


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


69.9 × 87.3 cm (27 1/2 × 34 3/8 in.)

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George F. Harding Collection

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