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Charles Harold (Howard) Davis, American, (1856–1933)
Red Barn, n. d.
Oil on Canvas
13 in. x 16 in. (33.02 cm. x 40.64 cm.)

Object Type: Painting
Technique: Painting
Period: Modern 19th - 1945
Credit Line: Gift of General and Mrs. Edward Clinton Young
Accession Number: YO11

"American Reflections", Scripps and Pomona College galleries, 12/84-12/87.

Oil paint on canvas.

Object Description
Davis is best known for his summer landscapes of green farmsteads under cumulus clouds in blue skies. Red Barn portrays the verdant Connecticut countryside with its stone walls and red farm buildings. After 1895 Davis experimented with Impressionist technique and brighter colors; this experimentation is evident in Red Barn. Other indications of late 19th-century painting include the flattened pictorial space and independent brush strokes. However, Davis remained close to the Barbizon sensibility of capturing the poetic moods rather than the perceptual realities of nature. His contrasting colors are subdued - the style of the Barbizon artist Daubigny - and the picturesque patterns of the trees serve to unify the composition.

- Melinda Lorenz

For more information, please refer to the American Reflections exhibition catalogue.

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