Laura Trevitte Horne (1891-1958)
LAURA TREVITTE HORNE (1891-1958)
Spring in Central Park
- Oil on board
8 x 10 inches
Signed lower right
Inscribed with title, verso
This scene captures the idyllic serenity of a warm spring day in Central Park where colorful trees surround a small cottage. The setting is likely on the west side of the park near 75th Street, where a small cottage once stood near the lake. When Olmstead and Vaux designed Central Park, they were inspired by the aesthetic landscape of English picturesque gardens of the eighteenth century, which incorporated ponds and open meadows interspersed with winding paths and architectural follies. These follies sometimes took the form of rustic villages or cottages in order to heighten the sense of being in a rural setting. Horne’s thick, Impressionistic handling of paint in Spring in Central Park is typical of the impasto style seen in her other landscapes depicting scenes of New York and her home state of Georgia. The vivid coloration and treatment of the paint also recall the landscapes of Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.