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Wyant, Alexander


oil on canvas

1974 Gift of Mrs. Sigel Workman

Alexander Wyant was associated with the Hudson River School of painting. His lifelong friend and mentor, George Innes, influenced his work. In the early 1860s, Wyant painted meticulous woodland scenes in the typical style of the Hudson River School. After traveling throughout the United States and Europe in the 1860s and 1870s, Wyant's painting style changed from the grandiose, dramatic and detailed landscapes of the Hudson River School style to a loose, painterly technique. The details of his earlier landscapes were omitted as he focused upon the atmosphere of the scene. In "Evening" Wyant captured a scene at dusk where a luminous sky and its reflection on the water contrasts dramatically with the darkening shadows of the land.