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Image of Alabama Foothills

John Kelly Fitzpatrick (aka J. Kelly Fitzpatrick)
American, 1888–1953

Alabama Foothills

1938

Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American, Alabama
Dimensions:
30 in. x 40 in. (76.2 cm x 101.6 cm)
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Accession Number: 1938.0009

Credit Line: Gift of the artist


"Alabama Foothills" refers to the landscape that Fitzpatrick saw and painted near his home in Wetumpka, Alabama, which is at the southernmost edge of the Appalachian Mountains. This traditional landscape painting demonstrates Fitzpatrick's characteristic style and his practice of utilizing brilliant color. The paint was applied thickly, and used by the artist to model shapes on the canvas with impasto. He creates brilliant highlights and literal shadows by building layers of paint with large, vigorous brushstrokes.

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