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The Art Lover

Eastman Johnson1865

National Academy of Design

National Academy of Design

Based on a drawing that he made while living and working in The Hague during the early 1850s, Eastman Johnson's "The Art Lover" depicts a Dutch girl's aesthetic education from a book of landscape prints. James A. Suydam's purchase of Johnson's painting after what is believed to be its first exhibition in 1859 illustrates Suydam's interest in Dutch culture and his own Dutch heritage. The subject's introspection and the composition's rich contrasts of light and dark are aspects of the Dutch visual tradition that influenced both Johnson and Suydam.

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