Robert S. Duncanson / View of Lake Pepin, Minnesota / 1862Robert S. Duncanson
View of Lake Pepin, Minnesota

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Creator Name: Duncanson, Robert S.
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1821-22 - 1872
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Robert S. Duncanson
Title: View of Lake Pepin, Minnesota
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1862
Creation End Date: 1862
Creation Date: 1862
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Framed: 38.5cm x 63cm x 6.5cm, Unframed: 30.2cm x 54.5cm
Inscriptions: Signed lower left: "R. S. D. / 1862"; signed on verso: Valley of Lake Pepin / Minnesota / Painted By R.S.D."
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1947.198
Credit Line: Gift of William Macbeth
Provenance: Eric Lundberg, Vermont (1945)

The calm, cloud-flecked blue sky and gentle sweep of the valley around Lake Pepin, Minnesota, were far removed from the turmoil of the Civil War in 1862. In that year, Duncanson traveled up the Mississippi River in search of artistic inspiration as well as escape from the war's upheaval. He settled temporarily in Canada, finding its inhabitants more tolerant.

One of the first African-American artists to earn critical acclaim, Duncanson worked for prominent abolitionists with great success in Montreal and London.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1947.198
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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