Autumn Sunshine

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Luce Center Label
George Cochran Lambdin painted this work while living in Philadelphia's Germantown section,an area famed in the late nineteenth century for its gardens. Lambdin turned his attention to paintings of flowers in 1870, probably inspired by the English Pre-Raphaelites, who believed that a closer study of nature resulted in paintings that were more spiritually truthful. In Autumn Sunshine, Lambdin did not use the traditional composition of a vase of flowers on a tabletop. Instead, his painting of potted plants on the floor of a greenhouse captures the flowers as they are still growing, creating a more natural image. The soft tones of yellow and pink emphasize the delicate texture of the chrysanthemum's petals, while the dead leaves, together with the thin vine in the background, enhance the feeling of having captured a fleeting moment in nature.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 5A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
1880
Object number
1978.68
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase
Artist
George Cochran Lambdin, born Pittsburgh, PA 1830-died Philadelphia, PA 1896
Topic
Animal\insect\butterfly
Landscape\weather\sun
Landscape\season\autumn
Landscape\plant\chrysanthemum
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
30 1/8 x 20 in. (76.5 x 50.9 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Painting