Suzanne C. Porter (c.1839 – 1887)
SUZANNE C. PORTER (c.1839 – 1887)
Lake Placid, Adirondacks, c.1879
Oil on board
6 7/8 x 10 3/4 inches
Signed at lower right
This lake scene with boaters likely depicts the Adirondack region around Lake Placid, and probably dates to 1879, when Porter traveled to the area with her sister. Painted in the Luminist Hudson River School style, the artist masterfully captures the effects of the colorful sunset on the landscape and its reflection on the serene surface of the water. The sense of tranquility is emphasized through the use of aerial perspective, where the distant mountains, painted in cool blue tones, rise toward the soft, hazy orange sky. The rocks and shrubbery in the foreground, rendered in impeccable detail, add a sense of spatial depth to the scene. The artwork retains its original nineteenth-century fluted frame, and is an excellent rare example of a landscape by Porter, who was most well-known for her portraits.