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Under the Palisades, in October

Title: Under the Palisades, in October
Artist: Cropsey, Jasper Francis   
Date of Work: 1895
Medium/Support: oil on canvas
Measurements: 60 x 48 in (152.4 x 121.9 cm)
Inscribed: Yes
Inscription Type: signed and dated
Inscription Location: lower right
Inscription Text: J. F. Cropsey 1895
Inscription Type 2: signed, dated, and inscribed
Inscription Location 2: on a label on the stretcher
Inscription Text 2: Under the Palisades, in October / (opposite Hastings) / By J.F. Cropsey N.A. 1895 / Hastings-upon-Hudson / N.Y.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Newington
Acquisition Number: 973.985.1
Credit Line: The White House Historical Association (White House Collection)
Scholar's Notes:

"The massive cliff and its shadow, painted in . . . muted and mellow tones . . . occupies perhaps 40 percent of the picture plane and projects the monumental permanence of nature. This great calm form, wrapped by the sky is . . . carefully designed . . . . ". . . [T]he brightness of the sky is tempered by the pink tones of late afternoon and their reflections on the quiet Hudson. . . . In the boat lying silently in the cove at the foot of the escarpment a man, barely noticeable, sits motionless. In the sailboat at the left a sailor is even less apparent, but the irregular patch of the partially furled sail has its own liveliness, serving as an effective echo of the bare rocky outcrop at the upper right of the palisades."

Source of Scholar's Notes: Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008.
Page Number(s) in Source: 218
Categories: White House Art Collection  
Type: landscapes   
Orientation: Portrait
Image ID: 67
Date (chronological sort): 1895