Elliott Daingerfield
American, 1859-1932
Collected by a major museum
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Elliot Daingerfield was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and moved to New York in 1880, where he came under the influence of George Inness and quickly adopted the technical and stylistic innovations of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, which included expressive paint handling and the decorative rendering of natural and abstract forms. Daingerfield was drawn to the intimate landscapes of Inness, especially in his use of glazes to produce a sense of atmosphere and a moody, spirituality, evoking the transcendentalist writings of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Daingerfield painted both pure landscapes and figurative works, but his more poetic and mysterious landscapes, echoing the moonlit imagery of colleagues Albert Pinkham Ryder and Ralph Blakelock, brought him great success.

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