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Charles Field Haseltine, American, (1840–1915)
A Summer Day, 1905
Oil on Canvas
20 3/8 in. x 26 5/8 in. (51.75 cm. x 67.63 cm.)

Object Type: Painting
Technique: Brushwork
Creation Place: North America, USA
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Zetterberg
Accession Number: ZE1

Object Description
A Summer Day is a pastoral landscape that is Tonalist in feeling, remarkably similar in composition to works by John Francis Murphy (1853-1921) and George Inness (1825-94). There is a prominant horizon line broken by a row of trees on one side, a reflecting body of water in the foregroundd, and a view to the distance with a farm building on the horizon. Detail has been eliminated in favor of generalized representation of forms. The painting has a greenish-gold cast, the result of the intense yellow-green of the grass and golden-brown foliage of the trees, both of which are reflected in the marsh water of the foreground. The canvas is finely finished with little evidence of brushwork. The grazing cattle are an anomaly, as the typical Tonalist landscape is usually characterized by abandoned fields.

-Mary M. Longtin

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

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