Elihu Vedder American, 1836-1923 Le Casacce, Between Perugia and Gubbio, 1867
Le Casacce, Between Perugia and Gubbio, 1867
Signed Vedder and dated Aug 30/67 (lr); inscribed Between Perugia and Le Casacce, Vedder, inscribed Between Perugia and Gubbio and signed Elihu Vedder on the reverse
Oil on canvas
8 1/4 x 12 inches
Collection of Richard and Gloria Manney, NH
Elihu Vedder rendered this painting during a summer sketching tour in Umbria, Italy, with his good friend, the painter Thomas H. Hotchkiss. In a recollection of the trip, Vedder wrote of passing the day and making "innumerable sketches of the mountains, and notes of their ever-changing hues." In this image of the small town of Le Casacce, Vedder created a tightly structured composition, silhouetting the darkened hills in which a lone farmhouse is situated against the overcast sky at the end of the day. Typical of Vedder's work, his emphasis was more on mood than transcription. As scholar Joshua Taylor wrote: "His goal was the construction of an artistic object that had evocative powers, rich in reminiscence . . . . Whether he was painting directly from nature or composing or completing a work in his studio, he retained a fresh, simple manner of painting that convinces the viewer that he himself is looking creatively." (Perceptions and Evocations: The Art of Elihu Vedder, 1979, p. 87)
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