Indians at Sunset

by Alvan Fisher (1792–1863)
Oil on canvas
14 x 20 1/16 inches

Monogrammed lower right: AF


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Provenance

Gallery of the Masters, St. Louis, Missouri

Sydney Melville Shoenberg Jr., St. Louis, Missouri, (possibly) acquired from above

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, March 5, 2003, lot 113, from above

Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York, acquired from above

Private collection, Springtown, Pennsylvania, acquired from above, 2003

Private collection, Dorset, Vermont

Related Work 

Indians in a Wooded Landscape, 1855, oil, 30 x 25 inches; Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut

Note: Art collector Sydney Melville Shoenberg Jr. is the son of prominent collector and St. Louis art patron Sydney M. Shoenberg, founder of C.I.T. Financial Corporation.

Artist Biography

Alvan Fisher was one of the first American landscape painters, whose work helped to initiate the Hudson River School. Born in Dedham, Massachusetts, Fisher trained under John Pettiman, a decorative painter, and began creating portraits, animal paintings, and genre scenes. He extended his vision to landscapes in 1815, inspired by the British painters of the picturesque. Fisher located the same poetic charm in America’s virgin terrain, laying the groundwork for a native tradition.

As the American landscape movement developed, Fisher was positioned alongside Thomas Cole and Thomas Doughty as an artistic pioneer. His paintings were featured at all of the

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Alvan Fisher was one of the first American landscape painters, whose work helped to initiate the Hudson River School. Born in Dedham, Massachusetts, Fisher trained under John Pettiman, a decorative painter, and began creating portraits, animal paintings, and genre scenes. He extended his vision to landscapes in 1815, inspired by the British painters of the picturesque. Fisher located the same poetic charm in America’s virgin terrain, laying the groundwork for a native tradition.

As the American landscape movement developed, Fisher was positioned alongside Thomas Cole and Thomas Doughty as an artistic pioneer. His paintings were featured at all of the major exhibition venues of the time: the National Academy of Design, the Boston Athenaeum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Artists Fund Society, and the Corcoran Gallery Biennials. His work is now in the White House, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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