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Apple Trees in a Meadow

American Art

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Apple Trees in a Meadow

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Edward Mitchell Bannister
American, 1828–1901

Date

ca. 1890

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

2009.30

Dimensions

20 x 24 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 305

Description

One of the first African American artists to achieve widespread recognition in the 1800s, Edward Bannister began his career as a portrait painter. Influenced by the French Barbizon artists and his spiritual relationship with nature, he turned to landscape painting as an expression of faith.

Likely painted near his home in Rhode Island, Apple Trees in a Meadow is a mature example of Bannister’s work. A profusion of blossoms covers the branches in celebration of spring and poetically affirms his belief in “the harmony of all created things.”

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Jean and Glenn Verrill Foundation and the American Art Acquisition Fund

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