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  • Carleton Wiggins (American, 1848-1932) Landscape of Cows
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Carleton Wiggins (American, 1848-1932) Landscape of Cows

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In oil on canvas in an original gilt frame, signed lower left
Item # 802AKM24A

Characterized by heavy atmosphere and a certain bleary tonalism in the scene, this fine work by John Carleton Wiggins captures a pair of cows in the foreground of a vibrant green pasture.  The high-chroma palette is a bit of a departure for Wiggins, who regularly worked in a low saturation palette to better capture the emotion so common in Barbizon School works.  It is a very effective color scheme for this smaller work, allowing the scene to truly strike the viewer with vivid bursts of color around the less distinctive bovine.  In the distance a handful of cows wander off towards the treeline under a cloudy sky.

Measurements:  [frame] 21 W x 3 D x 19 H; [canvas] 12 W x 10 H

Condition Report:
Professionally conserved.  Inpainting to edges, observable under UV in the corners; tiny hole in painting restored, patched verso with associated inpainting.  Light surface craquelure.  Original frame with light losses and gilt touch ups, overall remaining in exquisite condition.