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The First Harvest in the Wilderness  1855

by Asher Brown Durand

Asher B. Durand’s composition depicts an expanse of rugged terrain and forests under stormy skies. This American wilderness yields to progress as a lone farmer reaps his first harvest in a field, still dotted with the stumps of recently cleared trees and gleaming under a sudden shaft of light that penetrates the heavy clouds. A boulder resting by the side of the road ident...
31 5/8 x 48 1/16 in. (80.3 x 122 cm)
Oil on canvas
Public Domain, Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum