October Afternoon

AbernathyInez - October Afternoon.JPG
AbernathyInez - October Afternoon.JPG

Dublin Core



An inscription on the reverse side of Abernathy's canvas identifies her location as somewhere near Wallkill, NY; more specific landmarks or even skylines cannot be discerned because the space here is so enclosing. Impressionistic splashes of fall color swirl around the sharper forms of tree trunks and branches. Patterns of foliage are reflected in the creek below, with gentle ripples creating a horizontal counterpart.

About the Artist: Born in Summerville, AK, 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 instution, 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 images from FAP.


Abernathy, Inez, 1873-1956








Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Oil painting

Physical Dimensions

20 x 16 in.
Condition: peeled paint, surface dirt