The Trout Pool
Worthington Whittredge American
Born in Ohio, Whittredge began his career as a sign and portrait painter in Cincinnati, where he attracted the attention of local patrons whose support enabled him to travel abroad. After a decade of study in Europe, he returned to the United States in 1859, settling in New York City to pursue landscape painting. Likely a view in the Hudson Valley, this work reveals the influence of artist Asher B. Durand, whose forest interiors (15.30.59 and 95.13.1) inspired Whittredge’s vertical composition. However, unlike Durand, Whittredge adopted dramatic lighting effects, juxtaposing shadowy foreground trees with a brightly illuminated middle ground to emphasize nature’s expressive qualities.