Detail View: The AMICA Library: A Calm Watering Place--Extensive and Boundless Scene with Cattle

AMICA ID: 
CMA_.1994.106
AMICA Library Year: 
2002
Object Type: 
Paintings
Creator Name: 
Fisher, Alvin
Creator Nationality: 
North American; American
Creator Role: 
artist
Creator Dates/Places: 
1792 - 1863
Gender: 
M
Creator Name-CRT: 
Alvin Fisher
Title: 
A Calm Watering Place--Extensive and Boundless Scene with Cattle
Title Type: 
Primary
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
1816
Creation Start Date: 
1816
Creation End Date: 
1816
Materials and Techniques: 
oil on panel
Classification Term: 
Painting
Dimensions: 
Unframed: 74cm x 102.2cm
AMICA Contributor: 
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 
1994.106
Credit Line: 
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund
Rights: 
Provenance: 
(Alexander Gallery, New York)
Context: 

Teeming with conspicuously contented livestock and framed at right by a gentle riverbank path where a ferry arrives, this painting features nature put to the service of human affairs. While European writers and artists invented such pastoral subject matter, American imitated it to proclaim their cultural sophistication and agricultural success.

Fisher, who lived in Massachusetts, was among the first native-born Americans to specialize in landscape painting. He created this scene by imaginatively combining landscape elements, figures, and animals individually studied from nature. This work demonstrates a mastery of subtle lighting effects and delicate reflections on water, yet the simplified depiction of clouds indicates his unusual training with a clockface painter.

Related Image Identifier Link: 
CMA_.AM20020898.tif