An August Sunset - Prairie Dell

John Ottis Adams (American, 1851-1927)

Currently on View in C306
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This scene depicts the flat grasslands of Prairie Township near Adams’s Muncie, Indiana, home. A hazy expanse of green fills the foreground while darker-toned tree silhouettes occupy the horizon line, providing an overall flatness to the landscape. A simple disc of blazing orange suggests sunset at the end of a hot summer day.

Adams settled in Muncie after seven years at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany. In 1897 he and his wife—Winifred Brady, who was also a painter—moved to Brookville, Indiana. There they lived with T.C. Steele in an old house nicknamed the “The Hermitage.”

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

Object Information

artist
John Ottis Adams (American, 1851-1927)
creation date
1894
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
18 x 28 in.
29-1/2 x 39-1/2 x 3-1/8 in. (framed)
accession number
55.26
credit line
Gift of Robert Brady Adams, John Alban Adams, and Edward W. Adams
copyright
Public Domain
collection
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945
colors

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