|Sanford Gifford. Hunter Mountain, Twilight. 1866. Oil on Canvas. Chicago Art Institute. Terra Foundation for American Art. Daniel J. Terra Collection.|
There were two in particular I spent time studying - this by Gifford and the one immediately behind it by Inness (more on that later.)
It was Sanford I was following when I began paintings this winter with a burnt sienna base. He used that warm base to achieve a luminous effect in his landscapes. And of course this one has a composition that I'm drawn to. However, in my eyes Gifford's surface texture lacks interest or subtlety. While the quality of light makes them sing from a distance, up close they're flat.