The Poetic Vision

Tone is of paramount importance in painting as in music. American Artists strive for tone, the art-lover looks for it, and the critic appreciates it. Its presence excites the keenest pleasure and liveliest in artists and connoisseurs, and to the poet-mind it brings profound and lasting emotions. The future of art in America is the future of the tonal picture.

Leigh Hunt, “Art in America” (1898)

The VRC has cataloged 14 images from The Poetic Vision: American Tonalism. These images are available in the Digital Image Database for the SCAD community with your active MySCAD log-in.

Images clockwise from top-left:

Harrison, Birge. (c.1908). Soaring Clouds. Oil on canvas. 30 x 23 1/2 inches. The National Arts Club, New York City, New York.

Tryon, Dwight W. (c.1887). The End of Day. Oil on canvas. 32 x 48 inches. Spanierman Gallery, New York City, New York.

Harrison, Birge. (c.1905-1910). Fifth Avenue at Twilight. Oil on canvas. 30 x 23 inches. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan.

Inness, George. (1891). Summer, Montclair (New Jersey Landscape). Oil on canvas. 30 1/4 x 45 inches. Private collection.

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