Collection

Charles Herbert Moore
American, 1840-1930

Morning Over New York, c. 1859/1860
Oil on canvas
Gift of Matthew Vassar
1864.1.60
Period: 19th c
Classification: Painting
Dimensions: Framed: 18 x 36 1/8 x 3 1/4 in. (45.72 x 91.76 x 8.26 cm) Unframed: 11 7/8 x 30 in. (30.16 x 76.2 cm)
Signatures, Inscriptions and Markings v
Signed and dated (LR): C H M / 1861
Provenance v
Collections: Elias Magoon
Published References v
Nobuyuki, Okabe, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College," (Japan: Yamagata Museum of Art, 2008) Cat. no. 10, p. 47; Mundy, James, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center: Vassar College The History and Collection (New York: Prestel Publishing, 2007), p. 79 repr.; All Seasons and Every Light, (Poughkeepsie: FLLAC, 1983), p. 78 repr.; Berry, Ian and Tom Lewis, Lives of the Hudson, (Frances Young Tang Teacching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Munich; New York: DelMonico Books: Prestel, 2010) p.205-205, repr.
Exhibition History v
Japan, Shimane Art Museum, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," March 7 - May 11, 2008. Cat. no. 10, p 47; Japan, Ishibashi Museum of Art, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," May 17 - July 20, 2008. Cat. no. 10, p 47; Japan, Yamagata Museum of Art, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," July 30 - August 31, 2008. Cat. no. 10, p. 47; Japan. Fuchu Art Museum, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," September 6 - November 3, 2008. Cat. no. 10, p. 47; Japan, Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," November 14 - December 14, 2008. Cat. 10, p. 47. Poughkeepsie, New York, FLLAC, and Ithaca, New York, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, "A Focused Collection: The Hudson River School," April 21-October 19, 2007; Poughkeepsie, NY, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, "Humanizing Landscapes: Geography, Culture and the Magoon Collection" 5 Oct. - 20 Dec. 2000. Cat. no.43, repr. p.29 Saratoga Springs, NY, The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, "The Hudson River," July 2009 - March 2010.
Description v
This is one of four paintings purchased from the twenty-year-old Charles Moore by Elias Magoon before the artist’s style evolved into one more influ- enced by John Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites. Moore would later contribute to the journal The New Path, the successor to The Crayon as the outlet for Ruskinian criticism. This painting portrays a luminous sunrise over a panoramic view of Lower Manhattan that ignites the pellucid atmosphere with numerous subtle hues. Five years after painting this picture, Moore moved his home and studio to Catskill, New York, after having narrowly missed an appointment to Vassar as its first professor of art, for which he was supported by letters from Frederic Church, Asher B. Durand, and Daniel Huntington. University teaching seemed his destiny, however, for he became a drawing instructor at Harvard in 1872, where he would go on to teach art history courses as well, and was, eventually, made the first director of the Fogg Museum, which opened its doors in 1895. During his early years at Harvard, he was sent to Europe by Charles Eliot Norton to receive instruction directly from Ruskin, although for all intents and purposes his career as an independent artist was by that time behind him.
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