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Cows in a Pond at Sunset  1860

by Sanford Robinson Gifford

Landscape painter Sanford Robinson Gifford portrayed the glowing light of sunset with brief brushstrokes and a limited, terracotta palette in this small oil sketch. With gradated bands of color, the artist captured the transitory moment’s golden, expansive sky and its reflection on the watering hole below. The bucolic scene evokes the tranquility and romance of nature. Acr...
19.1 × 35.9 cm (7 1/2 × 14 1/8 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago