Untitled Document
Landscape in Auvers - William Henry Howe
William Henry Howe
"Landscape in Auvers", 1890
Oil on canvas
13 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches
Signed and inscribed lower right
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This work, Landscape at Auvers, was painted in 1890, the year that Howe had works in exhibitions at both the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and at the Crystal Palace in London. Auvers-sur-Oise was an artist colony north of Paris, associated with Van Gogh, Pissarro, Cezanne, Daubigny, and Corot. Howe uses standard pastoral imagery in this tranquil landscape of a country road cutting through tall grasses, winding past a haystack and thatched-roof barn. However he rejects the pastoral convention of depicting scenes drenched in a golden, Arcadian light, opting instead for a more realistic style that nevertheless evokes a comparable sense of nostalgia. As evident in this work, Howe successfully adapted the traditions of Dutch pastoral art with Barbizon-influenced realism.


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