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- In his 1909 book, Landscape Painting, Birge Harrison described color as “dancing” in nature, and he was especially fascinated by the subtle tones in a wintry landscape. In this image, he painted the pinks and purples of a winter sunset reflected and diffused across broken ice. The dark boats trapped by the frozen water and the pale colors evoke an environment that is both harsh and beautiful.
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- “Color is very closely allied to music. Both are sensuous and [passionate], playing directly upon the emotions . . .” The artist, in his book Landscape Painting, 1909
- Data Source
- Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Birge Harrison, born Philadelphia, PA 1854-died Woodstock, NY 1929
- ca. 1890
- Credit Line
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase
- oil on wood mounted on wooden cradle
- 15 1/4 x 23 3/8 in. (38.7 x 59.4 cm.)
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