At the beginning of the 20th century, the public’s interest in landscape painting remained strong, as many artists continued to mine the natural world for inspiration. The attention to detail that was so important to the preceding generation of artists, however, had given way to a preference for a more loosely-brushed style and greater artistic license.
Impressionism and Tonalism became the predominant styles of the era. Central to Tonalism was the belief that the poetic beauty of nature was as important as specific details and a strict fidelity to observed appearances. The soft, unifying hues found at dawn and dusk made these times of day popular subjects for Tonalist artists like Elliot Daingerfield, who spent much of his career in the mountain town of Blowing Rock.
Place object was created: United States
oil paint, canvas
Measurements: frame height: 38 inches frame width: 43.75 inches canvas height: 30 inches canvas width: 36 inches frame depth: 2.75 inchesGift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary 1971.18
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN