William Hart (1823-1894)

  • William Hart (1823-1894)
  • Autumn Brook, 1876
  • Oil on board
  • 6 ½ x 11 inches
  • Signed and dated 1876, lower left

It is in Autumn Brook that Hart’s sentiments for the beauty of fall color truly culminate. The flash of bright reds and golds in the foliage matches the drama created by the contrasting serenity of the grazing cows below and the approaching threat of the dark clouds above. Hart is sure to add rich details throughout the composition, the encircling crimson vines, the delicate lines of the many colorful trees, the articulated rocks, and the passage of reflective water. The painting is equally an ode to autumn as it is an ode to the aesthetic of the Picturesque.

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William Hart Autumn Brook
William Hart Autumn Brook