• ALEXANDER HELWIG WYANT (1836 - 1892)

  • In the Adirondacks
  • Oil on canvas
  • 27 x 22 inches
  • Signed lower left

Wyant became increasingly well-known over the course of the late-nineteenth century, prompting a critic in the Art Journal to write: “As a painter of the wild and rugged scenery of the northern wilderness of New York, Wyant has but few equals in the Academic ranks.” The critic’s comments resonate in In the Adirondacks, an intimate autumnal landscape that reflects the artist’s true talent. Featuring a rocky hillside with trees and brush growing amongst the crags, Wyant anchors the composition with a large tree, whose finely-painted brown leaves and gnarled trunk exhibit the painter’s desire to capture detail and to highlight the individual character of each landscape he depicts. The placidity of the river in the foreground and the vast expanse of the distant horizon contribute to the scene’s overall sense of serenity andtranquility.

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