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John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902)

Spring Landscape

Details
John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902)
Spring Landscape
signed 'J.H. Twachtman' (lower right)
oil on panel
15¾ x 18½ in. (40 x 47 cm.)
Painted circa 1890-1900.
Provenance
James Parmelee, Washington, D.C.
By bequest to the present owner from the above, 1941.
Literature
J.D. Hale, The Life and Creative Development of John H. Twachtman, vol. 2, Ph.D. dissertation, Ohio State University, 1957, p. 559, no. 375.
Cincinnati Art Museum, John Henry Twachtman: A Retrospective Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1966, p. 14, no. 44.
D.W. Phillips, A Catalogue of the Collection of American Paintings in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1973, p. 12.
P.J. Pierce, The Ten, Concord, New Hampshire, 1976, p. 178, illustrated.
Exhibited
Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Art Museum, John Henry Twachtman Retrospective, October 6-November 20, 1966, no. 44.
Washington, D.C., The White House, March 1977, on loan.

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Lot Essay

One of the most innovative painters of his day, John Henry Twachtman advanced the tenets of Impressionism further than most of his American contemporaries. With a goal of furthering progressive ideas in art, he was also an influential member of the Ten American painters, a group which he helped organize with the intention of promoting pure painting. Twachtman's primary subject was nature, most particularly the natural or cultivated landscape. Along with the majority of his late landscapes, Spring Landscape was painted in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he created many of his most important and lasting images. He settled there in 1889, dedicating himself to depicting his home and gardens. These later works, including Spring Landscape, also tend to be among the artist's most artistically advanced paintings.

This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the work of John Twachtman by Ira Spanierman and Dr. Lisa N. Peters.
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