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Rocky Landscape [Stone Quarry]

Theodore Robinson was one of the first American artists to embrace the new French style of Impressionism. This work, however, reflects his earlier academic training in Chicago, New York, and Paris. He was a skilled draftsman who taught art classes and worked as an assistant to the American muralist John La Farge.

Since the drawing is undated, it is difficult to identify the subject’s exact location. It is also hard to determine if this scene is of an abandoned quarry or simply a natural rock formation without any clear indications of cut marks, stone blocks, or workers. Robinson exhibited a work entitled Stone Quarry (current location unknown) in the American Watercolor Society show of 1881, suggesting that this drawing may have been done around the same time. Robinson returned from Europe in 1879 and after a period with his family in Wisconsin, he re-located to New York City in 1881. This drawing reflects his realist style prior to returning to France in 1881, where he met Claude Monet and spent time in Giverny.

Theodore Robinson
American, 1852–1896
Rocky Landscape [Stone Quarry]
ca. 1881
Graphite on paper
Image/sheet: 7 ½ x 11 ½ in. (19.1 x 29.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Morton and Marie Bradley Memorial Collection, 91.290