Winter Sunset

image for Winter Sunset
Luce Center Label
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.
Luce Object Quote
“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
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
ca. 1890
Object number
1984.23
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase
Artist
Birge Harrison, born Philadelphia, PA 1854-died Woodstock, NY 1929
Topic
Waterscape\harbor
Waterscape\coast
Architecture\boat\sailboat
Waterscape\time\sunset
Waterscape\season\winter
Medium
oil on wood mounted on wooden cradle
Dimensions
15 1/4 x 23 3/8 in. (38.7 x 59.4 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Painting