Here, Barrett uses oil paint to depict a landscape most likely from along the Hudson River. The Impressionistic style leads us to believe that like Impressionist painters, Barrett worked on this piece en plein air, a French term for painting outside.
Barrett’s work resembles Impressionist painters like Claude Monet and Pierre Auguste Renoir, whose penchant for painting landscapes, particularly those by water, are some of the most commonly recognized images today. In regards to the subject matter, the color palate, and the brush stroke technique, the painting is reminiscent of Monet’s The Houses of Parliament, Sunset (1903).
"From the Archives" is brought to you by Jean Hinkley. Ms. Hinkley is a graduate student of museum studies at Marist College. Growing up in Poughkeepsie influenced the way that Jean approaches thinking about cultural institutions, particularly in how to engage with local communities. Her research within the Barrett Art Center archives seeks to shed light on the unique character of Thomas Barrett and demonstrate that there is much to learn from our Hudson Valley history.