Short Mountain, a painting by the renowned African American landscape painter Robert S. Duncanson, was recently acquired by Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (5105 Kennett Pike). Painted sometime between 1850-1853, Short Mountain gives a gorgeous panoramic view of a stream, pasture, and the Appalachian mountains, based on the artist’s travels in Eastern Tennessee. Critically acclaimed during its time, Duncanson’s paintings still hang in the Royal Court of Sweden and in such prestigious museums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. In other museum news, on Dec. 6 Winterthur will host Discovering Duncanson, a special study day with Dr. Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, of the National Portrait Gallery, and Dr. Martha Jones, of Johns Hopkins University. This study day is recommended for anyone interested in the artistic work of Robert S. Duncanson. Registration for the study day opens Sept. 6 online. For more information, go to winterthur.org.
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