Spring in Wallkill, NY

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The painting captures the open fields of Wallkill on a spring day. Abernathy’s thick brush strokes depict a tree on the left side of the midground with mountains in the background. Beyond the tree is a tan field, its color suggesting a recent harvest, separated from green fields by wooden fencing. The shadow the tree casts suggests there is sun, but with the multitude of clouds, the day could be partly sunny.

About The Artist: Born in Summerville, AR, Abernathy studied at the Art Academy in Cincinnati and later in Europe. She supported herself by teaching art and elocution at Belmont College (TN), Stanford Female College (KY), Columbia Female Institute (TN), the University of Arkansas, and the Florida Female College. At this last institution, when a fire broke out Abernathy guided her students to safety rather than saving her own art and equipment; the Florida legislature passed a special bill to help compensate her loss (The Weekly True Democrat 29 Sept 1905: 1). She studied art for a period in Paris, and her painting “Reverie” was shown at the 1902 Salon des artistes français, described by one reporter as “the full-length figure of a girl seated, with a background of dull blues and yellows. A springtime freshness pervades the picture” (San Francisco Chronicle 26 Oct. 1902: 6). Her works were exhibited at the Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, and the National Academy of Design. Two more digital images from FAP


Abernathy, Inez, 1873-1956








Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Oil painting

Physical Dimensions

20 X 16.5 in.
Condition: slightly spotted