SOLD Winter in Switzerland, 1861by Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823–1900)
4⅛ x 8⅛ inches
Signed and dated lower left: J.F. Cropsey 1861
Private collection, Pasadena, California
Estate of above, Pasadena, California
Sale, Hindman, Chicago, Illinois, May 10, 2022, lot 54, from above
Note: This painting has been authenticated by the Newington‐Cropsey Foundation and will be included in any forthcoming additions to the catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work.
Winter in Switzerland was likely part of a set depicting the four seasons. Cropsey painted at least six sets of these small seasonal landscapes, which would have been held in one frame. He often depicted Summer in Italy, Spring in England, Autumn in America, and Winter in Switzerland. There are only two known sets still united in a single frame. These paintings showcased not only the varied beauty nature offers throughout the year, but also the distinct geography of each country. In this work, Cropsey highlights the breathtaking scale of Switzerland’s mountains.
Famed Hudson River School painter and architect.
By Tiffany Win
A leader of the Hudson River School famous for colorful autumnal landscapes.
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Jasper Francis Cropsey was born on February 18, 1823 in Rossville, Staten Island, New York. Known to family and friends as “Frank,” the young boy worked on the farm in the summer and attended school in the winter. Growing up in a rural environment meant the artist had little to no exposure to pictures or art. From his youth, he was weak-bodied and suffered illnesses which kept him from full year schooling.
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