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American Harvesting (after Jasper Cropsey)

after 1851
32 1/2 x 44 1/4 in. (82.6 x 112.4 cm)

Jasper Francis Cropsey
United States (Rossville, Staten Island, NY, 1823 - 1900, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) Original artist
American artist
United States

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Anonymous gift
Accession Number: 1977.196
Location: Currently on view
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While we may not know who painted this work, we can trace its inspiration. In 1851 Jasper Cropsey's painting American Harvesting was in the American Art-Union's annual exhibition in New York. The American Art-Union, formed in 1844, promoted American artists by purchasing and exhibiting their works. To familiarize more Americans with these artists, engravings were made and distributed to members. Possibly, one of these engravings was owned by the artist who did the Gallery's painting. Several other versions of this work exist and were most likely inspired by the same print. A version of the this image was printed by Currier & Ives, entitled 'A Summer Landscape: Haymaking."

Cropsey's painting is currently in the collection of the Indiana University Art Museum.

[Gallery label text, 2002]

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American Harvesting Includes information about the original painting by Cropsey, housed in the Indiana University Art Museum, with study questions.
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