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Road Down the Palisades

Ernest Lawson, American (born Canada), 1873–1939
Oil on canvas
Made in
New York, United States, North and Central America
New York, New York, United States, North and Central America
Current Location
On View, Gallery 334
40 3/4 x 50 1/4 in. (103.5 x 127.6 cm)
framed: 48 5/8 in. x 58 1/2 in. x 2 in. (123.5 x 148.6 x 5.1 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Public Domain
Object Number
In this painting, the curve of the road directs attention deep into the landscape, past a screen of wiry trees to the Hudson River beyond. A cloud-filled sky and dirty patches of snow communicate the dreariness of an overcast winter day, but the scene is invigorated by bright spots of blue and red.
1911 - 1916
Hugo Reisinger, New York, NY, purchased from the artist [1]

1916/01/18 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased through M. Knoedler & Co, New York, at the sale of the Hugo Reisinger collection, American Art Association, New York, January 18, 1916, lot no. 38 [2]

[1] See the auction catalog ["Illustrated Catalogue of the Valuable Pictures by Foreign and American Masters Collected by the Late Hugo Reisinger." American Art Association, New York, January 18-20, 1916, lot no. 38].

[2] A letter from M. Knoedler & Co. to the City Art Museum of St. Louis dated January 19, 1916, indicates that M. Knoedler & Co. purchased "Road at the Palisades" along with Alfred Stevens's "In Deep Thought" (58:1916) at the auction of Hugo Reisinger's collection on behalf of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis [SLAM document files]. Bill of sale dated January 19, 1916 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control, January 26, 1916.
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