Curator‘s Comments

Charlotte Stanley, Smith class of 2010

This is my favorite piece in Smith's collection.  Besides being a vivid reminder of the beautiful woodland trails branching out from our Olmsted-designed campus, it is the perfect piece to reflect on.  It's full of tiny surprises that captivate your eye and imagination.  Is this a real place?  A utopia dreamt up by the artist?  Can you find the bird's nest?  All of the snails?  My mind goes back to this painting often, even though I graduated several years ago.  I hope it brings you the same sense of delight.

Abraham Mignon. German, 1640–1679

Woodland Still Life, after 1660

Oil on canvas.

Purchased with the Eleanor Lamont Cunningham, class of 1932, Fund in memory of Alphons P. A. Vorenkamp.

ID Number: SC 1957:3