REBECCA C. BUCHANAN (Fl. 1870’s)
- REBECCA C. BUCHANAN (Fl. 1870’s)
- Autumn Landscape
Oil on canvas
- 17 3/4 x 23 7/8 inches
- Signed lower right “R. Buchanan Christy”
In this Autumn Landscape, the rich browns and use of softened brushwork to delineate atmospheric effects is reminiscent of 17th-century Dutch landscape painting. This Dutch tonal influence reflects the popularity of this style amongst artists working in the Midwest in the late 19th century. Here, a lone figure on horseback rides through a forest clearing toward a distant open landscape dominated by a blue sky filled with billowing clouds. The attention to naturalism and use of loose brushwork also indicates Buchanan’s familiarity with the French Barbizon School, particularly Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875). William Morris Hunt (1824-1879), the prominent landscapist and teacher working in her native Massachusetts, was a leading proponent of the Barbizon School and is often credited with popularizing the style in the United States. Indeed,the warm neutral palette, paint handling, and compositional structure of Autumn Landscape recall Hunt’s tonal landscapes of the 1870s. Hunt’s Landscape and Buchanan’s Autumn Landscape share a similar open foreground, which draws the viewer in toward a middle ground populated by lush orange foliage that opens up to reveal a blue sky on the distant horizon.