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Morning in the Marshes

 

Alexander Helwig Wyant

Alexander Wyant was first encouraged to paint after viewing an exhibition of paintings by George Inness in 1857. Sadly, in 1873, a heart attack left his right arm paralyzed. Insisting he would continue painting, Wyant taught himself to work with his left hand. Morning in the Marshes is the epitome of Tonalism. Soft, cool greens dominate all aspects of the landscape. He became a master of using clouds to create subtle moods rather than a spectacular storm or sunset. All is in shadow in Morning in the Marshes, so all is subdued and even in tone.

Morning in the Marshes

Alexander Helwig Wyant

American

1836-1892

Morning in the Marshes, before 1882

oil on canvas

Sioux City Art Center Permanent Collection; 2001.16

Bequest of the Anthony H. Kelly Trust