“A Country Road is a quintessential snapshot of spring. The setting is timeless, depicting a New England country road from the 19th century and yet one could still find themselves in the same scene in present day. The way the light reflects off the spring clouds illuminating the apple blossoms below really brings the painting to life.”
-Sara Allen, Accountant
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In A Country Road, Brown successfully incorporated both his Barbizon and Impressionist sensibilities in his depiction of a pastoral landscape on a warm summer day, with the halo of sunlight on the clouds shining down on the verdant grass and trees below. In reference to the unidentified exhibition label on it, the painting may have been owned at one time by Frederic S. Clark and his wife Isabella, who resided at 17 Commonwealth Avenue from about 1897 until 1913. Mr. Clark was in the business of manufacturing wool and his wife was the daughter of former Massachusetts Governor Thomas Talbot, indicating Brown’s popularity among members of Boston’s prominent social circles.
Collection, Fairfield, Maine, until 2014
- (Unidentified exhibition label, partially torn) Title: A Country Road / Artist: J. Appleton Brown / Address: (blank) / (part is torn) Mrs. Frederic S. Clark / (torn) 17 Commonwealth Ave. / Boston
- A. A. Walker & Co., Boston (artists’ supply shop)