• Creator
  • Thomas Worthington Whittredge
  • Created Date
  • 1866
  • Publisher
  • Yale University Art Gallery
  • Description
  • Known primarily as a painter of the Hudson River School, Whittredge made two, possibly three, trips to the West. These three scenes depict places he visited as a civilian sightseer with General John Pope's expedition through the Southwest. In the context of the larger history of the west, the underlying story of these landscapes is one of movement and change, of explorers and settlers occupying the land. Spanish Peaks shows the splendid vista ... more
    Known primarily as a painter of the Hudson River School, Whittredge made two, possibly three, trips to the West. These three scenes depict places he visited as a civilian sightseer with General John Pope's expedition through the Southwest. In the context of the larger history of the west, the underlying story of these landscapes is one of movement and change, of explorers and settlers occupying the land. Spanish Peaks shows the splendid vista toward the distant Sangre de Christo range as seen from the old Santa Fe trail crossing at Raton Pass, near the New Mexico-Colorado border. Santa Fe depicts the city with such topographical precision that key structures can all be identified. In sensitive response to the way Santa Fe's architecture echoes the wide landscape, Whittredge selected a severely horizontal canvas to record the New Mexico town's distinctive features, especially its horizontal buildings and open squares, dry heat and sparse trees, aging adobe walls, and Indian and Hispanic residents. less
  • Format
  • Overall: 20.3 x 59.1cm (8 x 23 1/4 in.)
    Framed: 45.9 x 84.5 x 9.8 cm (18 1/16 x 33 1/4 x 3 7/8 in.)
    Oil on canvas
    Paintings
  • Rights
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