An August Sunset - Prairie Dell

John Ottis Adams (American, 1851-1927)

Currently on View in K210
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  • The oppressively hot and heavy air on the horizon during the dog days of summer casts an orange haze on the setting sun, which is reflected in the pools of water below.
  • In a response to his environment, Adams drew the flat lines and planes of his painting directly from the prairie landscape around him. This provided an overall flatness to the image, where even the trees become a horizontal stripe in his composition.
  • Adams settled in Muncie after studying art in Munich, Germany. The grassy prairies of northern Indiana became his purview, as his fellow Indiana artists preferred the forests and hills to the south.He would later also turned his gaze southward and establish a studio in Brookville, Indiana.

Owned by Winifred Brady Adams (wife of the artist); given to the museum by sons of the artist

Object Information

John Ottis Adams (American, 1851-1927)
creation date
oil on canvas
18 x 28 in. (canvas)
29-1/2 x 39-1/2 x 3-1/8 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
Gift of Robert Brady Adams, John Alban Adams, and Edward W. Adams
Public Domain
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945

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