Artwork of the Week: November 29, 2021
James Taylor Hardwood (1860-1940), Cascade City Creek, 1928, colored etching, 8 13/16 x 20 1/4 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1937.
James Taylor Harwood was the first Utah artist to have a painting exhibited in the 1892 Paris Salon. He was a profoundly talented painter, printmaker, and watercolorist who continually worked to refine his skills.
This small colored etching glows with the warm light of a fading autumn afternoon. The barren riverbanks have been covered with an almost continuous carpet of freshly fallen ochre leaves. Balancing the warm autumnal colors, Harwood has colored the City Creek, a small and historically significant mountain stream that flows from the canyon across Salt Lake City into the Jordan River, a pristine aquamarine.