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View of Springfield on the Connecticut River

Alvan Fisher

American Art

Alvan Fisher’s bucolic view of Springfield, Massachusetts, from across the Connecticut River typifies the kind of landscapes that were popular in the period. It describes a specific locale—note the steepled First Church on the far bank—using the well-known artistic vocabulary of the “Claudian” landscape. This compositional format, based on the widely emulated works of the seventeenth-century French painter Claude Lorrain, creates an ordered progression through space from a dark foreground stage framed by trees to a well-lit body of water in the middle ground to hazy hills in the background.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1819
DIMENSIONS 41 × 53 × 3 in. (104.1 × 134.6 × 7.6 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "A. Fisher / Pinxt / 1819"
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Alvan Fisher (American, 1792–1863). View of Springfield on the Connecticut River, 1819. Oil on canvas, 41 × 53 × 3 in. (104.1 × 134.6 × 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 50.65 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 50.65_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 50.65_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2018
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