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Nightfall in Vermont

Although best known today for his murals, Kenyon Cox was well known during his lifetime as a painter, writer, teacher, and illlustrator. During the 1880s, landscape painting claimed much of Cox’s attention. This summer landscape has a dream-like quality that evokes the work of the Venetian Renaissance painters that Cox admired. This evocative scene, which is painted with thin, almost transparent glazes of paint on a smooth wood panel, is also reminiscent of works by the European Symbolist painters, who suggested emotional and spiritual states in their landscapes.

Kenyon Cox
American, 1856‒1919
Nightfall in Vermont
1889
Oil on panel
15 x 18 in. (38.1 x 45.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Morton and Marie Bradley Memorial Collection, 91.251