Hugh Bolton Jones

American, 1848 - 1927

Landscape, ca. 1880s

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Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 14 × 20 1/4 in. (35.6 × 51.4 cm)
Framed: 24 7/8 × 30 3/4 in. (63.2 × 78.1 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Harlan A. Way in memory of Myrtle Peterson Baldwin, 1962.2

The work of Hugh Bolton Jones was part of a burgeoning trend of en plein-air (painting directly from the subject out of doors) painting in late nineteenth-century America, and he became especially noted for depicting bucolic scenes of the Northeastern countryside in the spring and summer. The critic Samuel Isham observed of his work that"...all the minutiae of nature which characterized the old Hudson River School is there, but the execution is surer and more artistic, and the coloring in its truthfulness and delicacy and in the absence of the brown studio tones shows the influence of the French open-air school."Known for possessing a gentle and contented nature, Jones's personality translated into his art. During his mature years, he focused on painting pure landscape compositions in which he was clearly preoccupied with light and its changing visual effects. He favored cool silvery colors, moving away from the darker earth tones he had employed in his early years, and often achieves a pristine clarity in the depiction of the atmosphere and the reflections on water. Jones would frequently include a waterway disappearing into the distance and would frame the composition with trees on the riverbank, both of which he employed in this landscape. In rendering the essential elements of a landscape--sky, atmosphere, reflections, foliage, and tree branches, Jones exhibits a delicacy in the handling of paint that creates a sense of quiet tranquility, one that celebrates the universality of nature.

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