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Late November in a Santa Barbara Cañon, California

Samuel Colman

American Art

The vibrant sketchiness of this landscape, in which sharp, bright highlights accent broadly toned areas, demonstrates how completely Samuel Colman had abandoned the Hudson River School landscape aesthetic (known for its careful attention to detail and finish) by the 1880s. An avid traveler and an equally dedicated practitioner of the portable medium of watercolor, Colman had a particular taste for the muted tones of the arid landscapes of California and Mexico, which he visited repeatedly in the eighties and nineties.
MEDIUM Transparent and opaque watercolor with touches of pastel on rose-tinted, moderately thick, moderated textured wove paper
DATES 1888
DIMENSIONS 12 x 15 in. (30.5 x 38.1 cm) Frame: 18 x 24 x 1 1/2 in. (45.7 x 61 x 3.8 cm)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Saml Colman"
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed lower left: "Santa Barbara, Cala."; inscribed lower right below signature in very faint pencil (legible with infrared): "Sierra Madre Villa, Jany[?] 88--"
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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