Current Location:
GVSU -> On Loan
Location Notes:
GVSU Art Gallery Traveling Exhibit: Mathias J. Alten: American Artist at the Turn of the Century

Summer Landscape with Split Rail Fence, Lyme

Artwork
Identifier:
2019.54.4
Artist:
Alten, Mathias Joseph
Credit:
Gift of Anita M. Gilleo
Medium:
Oil on Canvas
Date:
circa 1913
Dimensions:
Artworks;Frames - Height: 7";11.25" Width: 10";14"
Description:
Oil on canvas painting of a wooden split rail fence with gate. Large tree or bush to left of the of the fence, with other smaller foliage throughout. Light brown pathway in front of and behind gate.
Historical Context:
In 1841, the tin tube was invented, allowing painters to take their materials out into nature with them for the first time. Prior to this, painters had to mix their paints themselves using pigment and oily animal fats. The paint was often stored in pig bladders that could not be resealed. Moving away from this method enabled plein-air painting (painting outdoors).