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Dover Plains, Dutchess County, New York

1848 Asher B. Durand Born: Jefferson Village, New Jersey 1796 Died: Maplewood, New Jersey 1886 oil on canvas 42 1/2 x 60 1/2 in. (107.9 x 153.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Thomas M. Evans and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program 1978.126 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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The pre-Civil War American landscape served as an idyllic reminder of the nation’s promise, a real-world Garden of Eden.  Paintings by Durand and other Hudson River school artists focused on the Arcadian qualities of the landscape. When Dover Plains was first shown in 1848 an art critic wrote, “It is so invested with the characteristics of the natural scenery of our land that almost every visitor who looks upon it could localize the scene.” Durand helped promote the idea that the country’s scenery was emblematic of the nation’s ideals.

Keywords

Animal - cattle

Figure(s) in exterior - farm

Landscape - mountain

Landscape - New York - Dover

Landscape - New York - Dutchess County

Landscape - water

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Asher B. Durand

Born: Jefferson Village, New Jersey 1796 Died: Maplewood, New Jersey 1886

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