Highlights from the Permanent Collection
Solomon was an important if unusual figure in the Victorian period. Jewish by descent, he was born into a family of painters. He often painted Old Testament subjects such as this one, taken from the life of Moses. Unlike earlier depictions in which the heroic aspects of Moses’ life are depicted, Solomon has chosen a more intimate moment.
In 1897 Scribner’s Magazine commissioned Pyle to create twelve illustrations to accompany a year-long serialization of Henry Cabot Lodge’s “Story of the Revolution.” The Attack upon the Chew House depicts Washington’s troops attacking on the British General Howe’s encampment at Germantown, PA, headquartered at the Chew House, in October of 1777.
Pyle's story captures the dangers of piracy in waters around the Spanish colonial ports of Central and South America in the seventeenth century, when ships carrying the wealth of Central and South America to the Spanish crown were often attacked by pirates who later divided the riches among themselves.
Although best known for his depictions of New York street life, George Luks also had a great passion for landscape painting which he developed on summer trips to Nova Scotia, Maine, the Berkshires, and the Adirondacks. This dramatic painting was executed in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, near Lake Rossignol.
Ernest Lawson, a native of Canada, studied with American Impressionists John Twachtman and J. Alden Weir and traveled to France, where his acquaintance with the painter Alfred Sisley reinforced a direction toward a personal style derived from impressionism. In 1898 Lawson moved to Washington Heights, New York, near the sparsely populated farmlands along the Harlem River.
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