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Elliott Daingerfield
American, 1859–1932

Moonlit Landscape

about 1915–1920

Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American
Dimensions:
14 1/4 in. x 11 1/4 in. (36.2 cm x 28.58 cm)
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Accession Number: 2000.0013.0001

Credit Line: Gift of Babette L. and Charles H. Wampold

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Elliott Daingerfield had experienced the Civil War firsthand—his father was in charge of a Confederate arsenal in Fayetteville, North Carolina when Union troops evacuated and then burned their home. The chaos of his childhood, and his later training as an artist in New York, inspired his belief that nature could be a source of healing and of comfort.

"Moonlit Landscape" conveys the artist’s appreciation of peace and the serenity of solitude (exemplified by the tiny, lone figure who accompanies a herd of cows). He most likely painted this scene near his third summer home, Westglow, which he built in 1916 near Blowing Rock, an area in the Great Smoky Mountains.

American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, cat. no. 38, p. 108.

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