Alvan Fisher's real love was painting animal subjects and narrative landscapes, as seen in the charming River Landscape. Akin to other examples from the latter part of his career, the painting is signed with his initials and demonstrates his embrace of the picturesque over the sublime; rather than depict humanity's struggle against an untamed wilderness, Fisher included a series of vignettes throughout the composition in which people and Nature coexist in harmony.
 Fred Barry Aldelson, “Alvan Fisher (1792-1863): Pioneer in American Landscape Painting,” Ph.D. Dissertation, Columbia University, 1982, pp. 461, 597-598.
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A well-traveled road leads to the shoreline, where men, women, children and dogs gather to observe the activity on the river, as a small barge laden with cargo and numerous sailboats ply the calm waters, and a group of seiners haul their nets to a waiting horse cart. The whole is enveloped by a warm, rosy light. Although the painting is not specifically located, it might be the result of a compilation of various sketches made during his years exploring New England and parts of New York State, and, as such, serves as an idealized rendition of American scenery.
Private collection, Katonah, New York
To collection, New York, New York
Godel and Co. Fine Art, New York, New York, with painting description