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: The Dunwoody Paintings


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Through the bequest of Mrs. Kate L. Dunwoody, the Society of Fine Arts has received an important collection of paintings which were recently placed on exhibition. During November the paintings were shown together in one gallery; they are now distributed among various rooms according to period and school.Two of the paintings are by Constant Troyon (1810-1865), a prominent artist of the XIX-century French school; the larger of the two represents a number of cattle on the bank of a stream which runs through a wide meadow. This important example was illustrated in the Bulletin, Vol. I, No. 4 (1905). The smaller picture, called Fording the River, which is reproduced above, is very different in tone, more silvery than golden; it is a charming little landscape and has a beautiful atmospheric effect. Somewhat similar in effect is the small, early painting by Corot (1796-1875), showing a village square, which has, in spite of its limited space, a large measure of the charm that characterizes this famous painter's landscapes.William Adolph Bouguereau (1825-1905), the well-known French painter, is represented by a charming picture of a winsome little girl. By Martin Rico (1850-1908), a Spanish artist of the XIX century, is the view of a picturesque house standing on the bank of a small pond or stream, the whole bathed in the warm light of late afternoon. Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840) is represented by a landscape with a view of an old castle. By Sanchez-Perrier, is the small but characteristic painting of the bank of a stream where the soft green of the trees and bushes is reflected in the quiet water. The small picture of sheep in the quiet of the barn is by Charles Jacque (1813-1894).The painting by Thomas Cole (1801-1848), illustrated on page 123, is an early example of this American artist's work, and illustrates the beginning of landscape painting in this country. It is signed and dated 1825. Another painting is the large marine by William T. Richards (1833-1905). In this painting is a sense of great distance, with the cloud shadows sweeping over the green water. A beautiful sunset landscape, rich in contrasts of green and gold, is an unusual example of the work of George Inness. By Alexis J. Fournier is a characteristic painting of Venice, A Scene on the Grand Canal. The portrait of Mr. William Hood Dunwoody by Julian Story has been hung for the present in the Trustees' Room.These important paintings form a welcome addition to the rapidly increasing permanent collection of the Institute, and fill several gaps in the historical development of nineteenth-century art. It is also very appropriate to have these pictures as a memorial to Mrs. Dunwoody who shared her husband's interest in the growth of artistic appreciation in Minneapolis.Referenced Works of Art
  1. Fording the River, by Constant Troyon
  2. Landscape, by Thomas Cole
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Source: "The Dunwoody Paintings," <i>The Minneapolis Institute of Arts Bulletin</i> 4, no. 12 (December, 1915): 121-122.
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