John Williamson

John Williamson
American, (1826 - 1885)

Passing Shower, Upper Connecticut Valley
Oil on Cavas
16 x 30 inches
Signed in Monogram and dated "'66" lower right

Post Road Gallery
Fine American Paintings

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At face value this painting may be seen as a simple crisp work of a summer's day however we feel more is at play here. Painted one year after the end of the Civil War this painting shows and calm landscape with beautiful hills, stately homes, cattle watering all centered around a man-made lake with a dam in the distance. Each of the homes on the shore has a castellated tower next to it. These are ventilators for a running water system that presumably comes from the dam. In this serene scene technology allows the inhabitants to live with the comforts of modern life harmoniously amongst the beautiful natural landscape. As the storm clouds pass to the right they give way to a clear blue sky that bathes the painting in a warm even light. The clouds are an analogy to the turbulence of the war years. As they leave they give way to the promise of a peaceful, comfortable lifestyle where the natural and civilized world are joined harmoniously. The title of the painting is that of a painting exhibited by Williamson at the Utica Art Association in 1871. We feel this may possibly be the work.

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