The untitled mountain scene by Raphael Lillywhite (1929) along with the untitled Platte scene by Alexis Comparet and Harvey Otis Young’s The Clearing (c.1880) are all very recent acquisitions (in 2008) that have been added to Kirkland Museum to further strengthen our collection of early landscape paintings. All three are included in our current exhibition (January 2008), Driven to Abstraction: Colorado Art from 1880 to 2007.
The Clearing is especially notable because of Young’s combined use of different materials. The first layers of pigment are watercolor which can easily be seen in the sky background. Young then layered oil paint on top to create the detailed scene. Hmm, oil and watercolor together…sound like any other painter you know of?