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River Scene


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Description An African American artist who undoubtedly faced daily obstacles and racial prejudice as a "free colored person" or "mulatto," Duncanson was hailed in 1861 as "the best landscape painter in the West." Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Duncanson was one of several artists who depicted the Ohio River Valley and the vast North American landscape. He sometimes included ruins in his idealized landscape scenes, as here, which can be read as metaphors for the decay of civilization. In this painting, which has a misty glow and luminosity characteristic of his work, Duncanson also included several small, finely dressed black figures engaged in leisure activities, launching boats and socializing along the shore. Although Duncanson's paintings rarely addressed issues confronting African Americans, he imbued his depictions of them with subtle meaning. During his career, Duncanson achieved great fame in Canada, England, and Europe.
Provenance Dr. James and Paula Huffman, Louisville, KY, 2009, by purchase; Steven L. Jones, 2012, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2012, by purchase.
Inscriptions [Signed and dated] Lower right: Duncanson / 1868
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the Eddie and Sylvia Brown Challenge Grant, and matching funds, for the acquisition of African American Art, 2012

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Period
1868
Medium
oil on canvas
(Miniatures)
Accession Number
37.2933
Measurements
H: 27 x W: 40 in. (68.58 x 101.6 cm)
Geographies
  • USA (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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