Robert M. Decker

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Robert M. Decker

1,950.00

Autumn Landscape

Oil on Canvas

8 x 27 inches

Signed Lower Left

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Robert M. Decker (1847-1921)

Decker studied painting under R. Swain Gifford and in 1883, when Decker was thirty-six he received his first important recognition at the National Academy of Design for his painting "Morning Among the Rockaway Hills", which was bought by the Peabody family. Later when the Peabody collection was put up for sale at Silo's Gallery in New York, that painting was in the company of such great artists as Corot, D.F. Dubigny, Bierstadt, and Courbet, among others. Also in 1883, in addition to the exhibition at the National Academy of Design, Decker exhibited a painting, 'November Twilight', in the annual exhibition of the Brooklyn Art Association. It was priced at $75, which for those days was a substantial price, considering that the Association at the time was renting a whole floor for its art school at 201-202 Montague Street for $240 for an entire year.

An early article by an art critic from the 'New York Herald' describes Decker's paintings as 'notable examples of art subordinated to nature, as all true art should be...' and goes on to refer to specific winter scenes that he viewed and enjoyed. Another 'N.Y. Herald' critic once stated 'there are few whose love of nature is more intense than Mr. Decker's' and that the way Decker manages with his art to convey nature's movement and moods in his snow scenes leaves 'the observer spellbound'. His winter themes were admired for their simplicity, and for their power to concentrate the viewer's attention, for example as they might when regarding one of his paintings of the rising of a hilly road, buried in deep, soft, dry snow. Decker was particularly talented with small canvases, and found favor with many critics because his works were 'painted for all time', not following a whim or school of art, but with truthful semblance of nature.