Levi Wells Prentice (1851–1935)
An Early Autumn Landscape, 1886
Oil on canvas, 7 1/2 x 13 in.
Signed and lower right: L. W. Prentice
Inscribed on verso: L. W. Prentice / 1886
Provenance: the collection of Howard and Melinda Godel, Mt. Kisco, New York, until 2007
An Early Autumn Landscape is a fine example of the lively and energetic qualities that Prentice could achieve in landscape painting. He devoted special attention to the foreground, where reeds, grasses, and ferns grow on the banks of a small stream. In the middle ground a bird alights on the glassy surface of the stream. The leaves of a few trees have already turned, and the tree farthest to the left is half orange and half green. Prentice chose a low vantage point in order to focus the viewer’s attention on the foreground, but he also included a glimpse of a distant hill in the upper left-hand corner.