Metropolitan Museum of Art, Asher Durand, "Sublime Landscapes" Oversized Oblong Silk Scarf
The awesome vista on this oversized silk scarf comes from Asher Brown Durand's (American, 1796–1886) Landscape—Scene from "Thanatopsis" (1850) in The Met collection.
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About Asher Brown Durand and his Portrait - Scene from "Thanatopsis”
Durand was part of what has come to be known as the American Hudson River School. In 1825, Asher Brown Durand—an engraver as well as a portrait and genre painter at the time—was one of three artists to discover and champion a young Thomas Cole, who had recently arrived in New York. Cole became a profound influence on Durand, who was galvanized into painting the landscape himself. “Thanatopsis,” the Greek word for “meditation on death,” is also the name of a poem by William Cullen Bryant, who perceived death as humankind’s return to nature. As such, Durand's picture reads like an elegy, guiding the viewer's eye beyond the earthly terrain and off into the hazy horizon.