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Creator Name: Durand, Asher Brown
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1796-1886
Creator Name-CRT: Asher B. Durand
Title: The Beeches
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1845
Creation End Date: 1845
Creation Date: 1845
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 60 3/8 x 48 1/8 in. (153.4 x 122.2 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 15.30.59
Credit Line: Bequest of Maria DeWitt Jesup, from the collection of her husband, Morris K. Jesup, 1914

This work, featuring meticulously rendered beech and basswood trees, was painted for the New York collector Abraham M. Cozzens, then a member of the executive committee of the American Art-Union. The painting illustrates a new trend in the work of the Hudson River School, with its diminished emphasis on sublime drama and increased interest in naturalism and in the creation of a tranquil mood. Durand was influenced by the work of the English landscape painter John Constable, whose vertical formats and truth to nature he absorbed while visiting England in 1840. 'The Beeches' resembles Constable's 'The Cornfield' (National Gallery, London). This work is also the first one Durand based on a plein-air oil sketch, a technique the artist increasingly relied upon to reproduce accurately conditions of light and shade.

AMICA ID: MMA_.15.30.59
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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