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Afternoon among the Cypress

Artist:
Arthur Frank Mathews (1860–1945)
Date:
ca. 1905
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
26 1/4 x 30 in. (66.7 x 76.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Henrietta Zeile, 1909
Accession Number:
09.186
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 743
Mathews was not only a painter but an architect and a designer of interiors, furniture, and decorative objects. Through his publications and teaching, he did much to popularize his variation of Art Nouveau, sometimes referred to as the California decorative style. Mathews's landscapes celebrate California's distinctive topography, plant life, and tawny, golden tonalities. In "Afternoon among the Cypresses," he silhouettes the bent limbs and wide flat crowns of the Monterey-peninsula cypress trees to achieve a strong decorative effect. Heavy foreground shadows and the darkened copse contribute to the moody, slightly mysterious impression.
Signature: [at lower right]: Arthur F. Mathews
John Zeile and his mother, Henrietta Zeile, San Francisco, until 1909; with Macbeth Gallery, New York, as agent, 1909
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