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  Thumbnail larger image Durand, Asher B.
American, 17961886

Oberwesel on the Rhine (1843)
26 1/4 x 36 1/4 inches
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Slawson
1977.10

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Asher B. Durand

American, 17961886

 

Oberwesel on the Rhine, 1843

Oil on canvas

Wichita Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Slawson

1977.10

 

Asher B. Durand was over 30 years old and the leading commercial engraver in the United States when he decided to become a painter. Accompanied by two other beginning American painters Durand traveled to Europe in 1840 to learn about high art.

 

This painting of a German town, Oberwesel on the Rhine, resulted from that grand tour. Durand was later to argue that American artists should not bother to paint European scenery or to clutter up nature with historic ruins. He encouraged American artists to get their inspiration directly from the nature of their own experience, the American wilderness. Durand was a major painter in what became known as the Hudson River School.

 
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