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John Henry Twachtman

House in Landscape

c. 1890

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Following a period of study in France from 1883 to 1885, the American artist John Henry Twachtman incorporated Impressionist effects into his landscapes by lightening his palette and using softly layered brushwork. Like many of Twachtman’s late paintings, House in Landscape depicts the domesticated nature of the New England landscape as a retreat from the intensities of urban life. Here the artist renders an autumnal landscape through a veil of softened contours, creating a sense of physical and mental distance and inviting a mood of meditative introspection. In 1889 Twachtman purchased a country house in Greenwich, Connecticut; the area soon became a magnet for artists, known as the Cos Cob artist colony, an important center for American Impressionist painters. The farmhouse and surrounding property, including the brook running through it, were almost exclusively his subject matter for the rest of his career. The pastel sky, ochre ground, and bare trees in this painting create an overall pale tone suggesting late summer or early autumn. [Permanent collection label, 2016]

  • Artist John Henry Twachtman (American, 1853–1902)
  • Title House in Landscape
  • Date c. 1890
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions unframed | 22 3/16 x 24 in.
  • Credit line University purchase, Yeatman Fund, 1936
  • Object number WU 2699

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Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 01/29/2016 - 04/24/2016

American Places: Painting the Landscape in the Nineteenth Century
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 09/20/2013 - 01/06/2014

A Gallery of Modern Art
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 08/09/1994 - 10/16/1994

Nineteenth Century Art from the Collection
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 01/19/1986 - 04/01/1986

The Way We See It: America by Americans 1850–1980
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 10/10/1982 - 11/07/1982

Impressionism Reflected: American Art, 1890–1920
Saint Louis Art Museum (St. Louis, Missouri), 05/06/1982 - 06/27/1982

Opening Exhibition of Mark C. Steinberg Memorial Hall
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 04/29/1960

M. Knoedler and Co., New York

Inscription [LR corner of canvas, written in black paint:] To my Friend Willcox / J.H.Twachtman

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