|Acquisition Number: 80.14
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 36" x 56"
Credit: Gift of Canton Fine Arts Associates
Didactic: As you view this work, can you feel the cool autumn morning with the mists rising from the valley? Maybe at this place in time you could have been the traveler on horseback descending from the mountain along the trail to catch the ferry.
Born in Auburn, New York in 1824, George Lafayette Clough demonstrated an interest in drawing at an early age. Although basically a self-taught artist, he did receive training from a local portrait painter, Randall Palmer, who gave him lessons in return for studio work.
In the early 1850s, Clough went to Europe to study paintings in the principal galleries, including the Louvre. Upon his return to America, Clough began to concentrate on landscapes. While most of his paintings depicted the area around Auburn, Clough also painted landscapes throughout New England, Pennsylvania and Ohio – capturing a time and place in American history.
In 1858, he lived in Cleveland in a small family-type hotel on the corner of 9th and Euclid. Clough enjoyed favorable newspaper notices and won prizes at the Ohio State Fair, but he had little financial success. The artist left Cleveland for New York City late in 1865 or early 1866. In the late 1860s and early 1870s, Clough painted urban scenes, very often using New York City as his subject.
At the end of the 1880s, he began again to concentrate on his first love – landscapes. His landscape paintings are sensitive, emotional scenes with an emphasis on natural lighting and atmosphere.