Painters Paintings Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823 – 1900): Starrucca Viaduct, Pennsylvania, 1865, oil…
Painters Work Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823 – 1900): Starrucca Viaduct, Pennsylvania, 1865, oil on canvas, 56.eight x 92.4, Toledo Museum of Artwork, Ohio, USA
In a celebration of each American nature and business, Jasper Francis Cropsey highlights the Starrucca railroad viaduct, nestled within the Susquehanna River Valley above the village of Lanesboro, in northeastern Pennsylvania. Constructed by the New York and Erie Railroad in 1847-48, the viaduct was among the many nice American engineering feats of its time. Its scale dwarfs the old school picket bridge within the center distance that results in the village.
In nineteenth-century panorama portray, the railroad was usually seen as a logo both of business progress and alter or of man’s destruction and exploitation of nature. On this portray Cropsey appears to recommend by means of the reflective perspective of the figures gazing over the valley towards the prepare and by the dominance of the undisturbed foreground wilderness, that nature can take in the consequences of know-how with out adversarial penalties. The composition’s general emphasis, nevertheless, is just not on the narrative however on the sweetness and serenity of the Susquehanna River Valley. Trade stays a small, romanticized counterpoint to the resplendent autumn foliage. (Toledo Museum of Artwork)