Rivers Ancient as the World*

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Pont Neuf, Paris, Afternoon Sunshine, 1901, oil on canvas.  Camille Pissarro, 1830-1903, French.  Philadelphia Museum of Art 2016

Andreas Gursky ‘The Rhine II’, 1999 © Courtesy Monika Sprueth Galerie, Koeln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2016

The Rhine II,  color photograph, chromogenic print on paper in an edition of one of six, 1999.  Andreas Gursky, born 1955, Germany.  On loan in 2016 from the collection of Keith L. and Katherine Sachs to the Philadelphia Art Museum.

 

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Charing Cross Bridge, London, 1890, oil on canvas; Camille Pissarro, 1830-1910, French.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

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The Seine at Chatou and detail,  1906, oil on canvas.  Maurice de Vlaminck, 1876-1958, French. Metropolitan Museum, New York

DSC00450_edited-1Storm King on the Hudson, 1866, oil on canvas.  Samuel Colman, 1822-1920, American.  Smithsonian Museum of American Art

DSC00476_edited-1Ponte Santa Trinita, 1897, oil on canvas.  Childe Hassam, 1859-1935, American.  Smithsonian Museum of American Art

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 The Bridge at Argenteuil, 1874, oil on canvas.  Claude Monet, 1840-1926, French.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

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Blue Morning, 1909, oil on canvas.  George Bellows, 1882-1925, American.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

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Charing Cross Bridge, London, 1906, oil on canvas.  Andre Derain, 1880-1954, French.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

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 River and Towpath, and detail, 1883, oil on canvas.  Alfred Parsons, 1847-1920, English.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Grey and Silver:  Chelsea Wharf, 1864/1868, oil on canvas.  James McNeill Whistler, 1834-1903, American.  National Gallery of Art, DC

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Poplars on the bank of the Epte River, 1891, oil on canvas.  Claude Monet, 1840-1926, French.  Philadelphia Museum of Art 

El Rio de Luz, 1877, oil on canvas; Frederic Edwin Church, 1826-1900; National Gallery, DC-1

River of Light, 1877, oil on canvas. A painting which is a composite of memories and sketches from a visit South America 20 years before by Frederick Edwin Church,  1826-1927, American.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

 

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Remnant of the Tribe Leaving the Hunting Ground of Their Fathers, and detail, oil on canvas, c.1845; and detail. Alvin Fisher, 1792-1863, American.  Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington. 

 

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 Morning on the Seine near Giverny; and detail, 1897, oil on canvas. Claude Monet, 1840-1926, French. The painter is said to have completed this painting in his studio after hours of sketching.  MOMA, New York. 

 

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Skating on the Frozen Amstel River,1611, oil on canvas.  Adam Van Breen, 1685-1740, Dutch.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

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A painting in oil on canvas, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, of 1845 painted by George Caleb Bingham,  1811-1879, American.  At the time of this painting, there were no such pelt traders left.  The scene is one of nostalgia.  Metropolitan Museum of Art,  New York.

 

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The Thames, London, 1882, oil on canvas.  Jules Bastien-Lepage, 1848-1884, French.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

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 Bend in the Epte River near Giverny, 1888, oil on canvas.  Claude Money, 1840-1926, French.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Thomas Eakins’ portrait, and detail, of Max Schmitt in a single scull of 1871.   I am advised that Thomas Eakins, a rower himself, made such sculls.

The scene is of the Schuylkill River which flows through Fairmount Park.  Both river and park infuse large areas of Philadelphia with light and both have been used for generations for recreation.

Thomas Eakins, 1844-1916, American. The Champion Single Scull, 1871.  Oil on canvas.  Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

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The Pair-Oared Shell, oil on canvas, 1872.  Thomas Eakins’ painting of the two Biglin brothers practicing on the Schuylkill River in the early evening.  Thomas Eakins, 1844-1916, American.  Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

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 The Biglin Brothers Racing, 1873, oil on canvas.  Thomas Eakins, 1874-1916, American. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

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The River woven of cotton twill  in 2006 by Ted Hallman, born 1933, American.  Philadelphia Museum of Art. 2015

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 Seine, 1951, oil on wood.  Ellsworth Kelly, 1923-2015, American.

Sun on the Seine:  the artist incorporated chance into his process in this painting.  He pulled numbers from a box and darkened the corresponding block on a modular grid.  Philadelphia Art Museum.

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Sunset on the River, 1874, oil on canvas.  Charles Francois Daubigny, 1817-1878, French.  Corcoran Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

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*……I have known rivers ancient as the world and older than the blood in human veins…….is the second line of Langston Hughes’ ( 1902-1967, American) poem:  The Negro Speaks of Rivers, written when the poet was 18. He was crossing the Mississippi to visit his father in Mexico. 

 

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A Midnight Race on the Mississippi, 1860, color lithograph with hand coloring. Frances Flora Palmer, 1812-1876, American.  Smithsonian Museum of American Art

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