Charles Warren Eaton
North America, American
20 1/4 in. x 30 1/4 in. (51.44 cm x 76.84 cm)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Gift of Babette L. and Charles H. Wampold
Currently On View
Like his professional mentor, George Inness (American, 1825-1894), landscape painter Charles Warren Eaton utilized the effects of light, atmosphere and weather to create a specific and subtle sense of mood as a response to nature. Both through his exposure to Inness's work early in his career, and by his training at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League in New York, Eaton developed a personal style that mirrored an international turn-of-the-century fascination with visualizing a spiritual response to nature's poetic side—the dramatic effects of light, time of day, and changing seasons.
"Sunset Landscape" is typical of Eaton's mid-career work, which largely focused on subjects from the white pine forests around his home near Bloomfield, New Jersey, and Thompson, Connecticut, where he had a summer studio. Eaton achieved renown for these works and was eventually dubbed "The Pine Tree Painter." The mood of this painting is expressed compositionally by the inclusion of a deserted road, which extends toward a sky streaked with the glowing colors created by the setting sun. As with the late works of Inness, the forms' edges are softened to create a misty, ethereal impression conveying the profound silence of the transition from day to night.