Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900)
An Autumn Landscape with Cattle Watering at a River
Signed and dated 'J.F. Cropsey 1881' bottom left, oil on canvas
12 x 20 in. (30.5 x 50.8cm)
James Maroney Inc., New York, New York.
Bonham's, New York, sale of May 24, 2006, lot 1017.
Acquired directly from the above sale.
Private Collection, Virginia.
Anthony Speiser et al., Jasper Francis Cropsey: Catalogue Raisonné: Works in Oil Hastings-on-Hudson, New York; and Newington-Cropsey Foundation, New York, 2013, volume II, p. 288, no. 1652 (not illustrated).
A foremost painter of the first generation of the Hudson River School, Jasper Cropsey was formally trained as an architect, but is best known for his expansive, realistic, and detailed autumnal landscape paintings of the Northeastern United States. Cropsey spent most of his life living in and painting scenes of the Hudson Valley, but lived abroad from 1856-1863. While living and working in Europe, Cropsey exhibited one of his largest and most ambitious paintings, Autumn on the Hudson (1860), at the 1862 London International Exhibition, and was thence dubbed "America's Painter of Autumn." The present work, completed in 1881, is another quintessential example of Cropsey's autumnal canvases and shows his continued affinity for depictions of the season. The fall is a particularly majestic time in the Catskill Mountains, and Cropsey here captures the splendor of the changing leaves, the colorful sky reflecting in the water below it, and the watering cattle which lend a sense of idyllic countryside living. Warmly lit and quite inviting, the reds, oranges, and yellows are particularly emphasized, drawing the viewer into the scene. Inspired greatly by his time spent living in England, the scene is also reminiscent of the English landscape that he captured many times during his stay.