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This is my favorite piece of Asher Brown Durand's, and quite possibly my all-time favorite. Last March, I got a chance to go to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and see it. I was so excited! I just stood gazing at it in awe. It was really neat to see his brush strokes up close. His ability to capture detail and light is quite stunning. There was a quote of Durand's on one of the museum labels that read, "That is a fine picture which at once takes possession of you--draws you into it--you traverse it--breathe its atmosphere--feel its sunshine, and you repose in its shade without thinking of its design or execution, effect or color."
Contributed by Jenna Julien