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Genesee River Valley I

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Genesee River Valley I

ca. 1865-1870
11 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. (29.2 x 50.2 cm)

Lemuel M. Wiles
American (Perry, NY, 1826 - 1905, New York, NY)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1971.8
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Wiles, an artist from Perry, New York, offers two views of the rolling valleys of the Genesee. Both feature people who seem to be admiring the landscape, as we are invited to do: two women have laid down a rug or blanket on which to picnic, looking out over the rooftops of a barn and other outbuildings; a boy gazes out over the valley while his cows graze nearby. Atmospheric perspective renders the far hills a misty mirage. The artist wrote “Endeavor, as far as possible, to carry the eye beyond the canvas into the subject or scene depicted. Anything short of this detracts from your effort as a work of art. The master conceals his art and fascinates you in the spirit of his work. Therefore, consider your pigments your servants, not your masters. Study good pictures much, but study nature more.”

[Gallery label text, 2021, although painting ultimately not included in installation]

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Lemuel M.Wiles; by descent to his granddaughter Gladys Wiles; purchased from her by Chapellier Galleries, New York, NY; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1971

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