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Looking upon the River

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Julie Hart Beers
American, 1834–1913

About this artwork

In this scenic composition, Julie Hart Beers contrasted the lush vegetation of a forest in the foreground with the luminous view of a waterway and mountains beyond. She employed swift brushwork to describe the setting, including flourishes to suggest two or three figures alongside a boat at center.

Beers built a successful professional career in landscape painting beginning in the 1860s, seizing opportunities available to her—because her brothers were also painters—for training and studio space. She also connected with other female artists in New York City. In addition to income from the sale of her works, Beers supported herself and her family by teaching as well as leading sketching excursions for groups of women throughout New England and the Adirondack Mountains.


On View, Gallery 170


Arts of the Americas


Julie Hart Beers


Looking upon the River


United States (Artist's nationality)




Oil on canvas


Signed and dated, recto, lower right, in brown pigment: Julie H. Beers / 1880


51.3 × 35.9 cm (20 3/16 × 14 1/8 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by the bequest of Muriel J. Kogan

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