John Henry Twachtman American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 770

Celebrated today as one of the most progressive and poetic landscape painters of his day, this work is one of several large canvases Twachtman produced during his two years of study in France. Developed from a plein-air (outdoors) oil sketch, which hangs nearby, it depicts a scene at Arques-la-Bataille, a town four miles southeast of Dieppe, in Normandy, where the Béthune and two other streams flow together to form the Arques River. Its formal design, tonalist palette, and overall aesthetic mood recall Japanese woodblock prints as well as the evocative paintings of James McNeill Whistler—both formative influences on Twachtman.

#4378. Arques-la-Bataille

Arques-la-Bataille, John Henry Twachtman (American, Cincinnati, Ohio 1853–1902 Gloucester, Massachusetts), Oil on canvas, American

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