May 24, 2010

Edmund Darch Lewis, "Autumn in the Green Mountains"

Edmund Darch Lewis (Am. 1835-1910)
Autumn in the Green Mountains, 1881
oil on canvas

Value: $4,500

A landscape painter in oil and watercolor, Lewis is best known for his marine and landscape depictions of New England, where he traveled extensively over two decades. Trained under Hudson River School painter Paul Weber, Lewis was first shown at age 19 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where later, at 24, he became an Associate Member. He also exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York and the Boston Athenaeum. Lewis was a Luminist painter, a style characterized by luminous lighting effects, concealed brush strokes, and attention to detail, which was displayed by many Hudson River School artists. Autumn in the Green Mountains is a perfect example of Hudson River School Luminism, with its hazy light, soft water, and meticulous brush strokes.