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Apple Blossoms

John William Hill

American Art

This work depicts a tangled profusion of flowering branches in full sunlight as if viewed from below against a field of blue sky. Hill was undoubtedly working in accordance with Ruskin’s observation that the most beautiful position in which flowers could be seen was the most natural one—flowering plants against grass or moss, and fruit-tree blossoms against the sky.
MEDIUM Watercolor over graphite on wove paper
DATES ca. 1874
DIMENSIONS Image: 7 1/2 × 13 3/8 in. (19.1 × 34 cm) sheet: 8 13/16 × 15 7/16 in. (22.4 × 39.2 cm)
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 74.170
CREDIT LINE Designated Purchase Fund
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