Robert Loftin Newman
Oil on canvas
6 1/8 x 8 inches
Archives of American Art
The key American painter of the late nineteenth century to focus on religious themes, Newman often depicted the subject of the Madonna and Child, envisioning it through the lens of his mystical orientation. Using a layering of rich, deep color, the legacy of his training with Thomas Couture in Paris, he treated figural forms as simple masses blended into landscapes that hover between the recognizable and a realm of fantasy. Here the mother's tiredness and tenderness exude from Newman's expressive treatment. This painting was possibly the work once entitled Wayside Repose, exhibited in the 1894 exhibition of Newman's paintings held at Knoedler Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (no. 92, lent by Miss Walker).
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