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Artwork of the Week

Artwork of the Week: October 6, 2019

Homer Dodge Martin “Adirondacks

Homer Dodge Martin (1836-1897),

Adirondacks, 1879, oil on canvas, 27 x 40 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of R. H. Burton in memory of his father Edward L. Burton.

American artist Homer Dodge Martin often spent his summers painting in the Adirondack Mountains. This rugged wilderness scene, with its tree-filled foreground giving way to a misty mountain beyond, is reminiscent of the landscapes of Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School. The craggy storm-ravaged tree stumps were a device derived from Cole to emphasize nature altered by time and weather but untouched by the hand of man.