Oil on canvas; 27" x 48". In the school of Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, American, 1819 - 1905. A prolific painter of animals and sporting scenes. Tait usually portrayed his animals monumentally in the manner of his first major artist influence, the English painter, Edwin Landseer. The family of deer is a key feature in this painting, but not secondary to Tait's emphasis on landscape and the mesmerizing golden light of late afternoon. English born, Arthur Tait achieved early fame for the western scenes produced for Currier & Ives, and later translated into paintings. Tait's register of works, covering 1557 oil paintings is preserved in the Library of Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. Paintings such as this underscore a theme that was explored by many other figures associated with the so-called Hudson River School, a group with which Tait is usually art historically classified. Tait sometimes collaborated with other American landscapists of the period, including James MacDougal Hart (1823 - 1894) and the German born William Sonntag (1822 - 1900).
SIZE: 27" x 48" Frame 52" x 34"