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Maker(s):Champney, James Wells
Culture:American (1843 - 1903)
Title:By the Loire, France
Date Made:n.d.
Materials:watercolor on paper
Place Made:France; Loire
Measurements:sheet: 11 1/4 x 9 in.; 28.575 x 22.86 cm
Narrative Inscription:  undated, signed at lower left: Champney
Accession Number:  SC 1937.10.1
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. George C. Williamson
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

two swans resting in the foregroud; large tree in the backgroudl buildings further back; landscape; animal

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Boston-born artist James Wells Champney was best known for painting scenes of everyday life. In his youth, he studied at the Lowell Institute and first made his living as a wood engraver. In the 1860s he went to Europe, where he studied painting in Paris as well as at the Antwerp Academy in Belgium. Champney traveled widely during his career and maintained studios in New York City and Deerfield, Massachusetts. He taught at Smith College from 1877 to 1884, where he specialized in pastels.

Probably painted during his time in France, this calm scene of the Loire River is one example of Champney’s artistic range. He directs the eye to the highlighted blades of grass in the foreground, while also using swooping branches from the craggy tree to point to the houses in the background.

landscapes; birds; plants; water; architecture

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