Two Gordon Setters in a Field
Oil on canvas
23 3/4 x 32 1/4 in. (60.33 x 81.92 cm)
Founding Collection, Gift of Charles and Emma Frye, 1952.146
This realistic daytime landscape shows two English spaniels at the edge of a wetland with a few thickets far off in the background. The dogs stand in the bottom half of the composition; they have long, shiny black coats and their legs, snout, and chests are highlighted auburn. The dog in the foreground stands in profile, just left of center, facing right. The second dog is behind it and has their body positioned in the opposite direction, towards the left corner, and its head is turned to also face the right side of the painting. The chartreuse ground under the dogs’ paws is mostly obstructed by long, golden grasses, covering most of the landscape. Along the right side of the painting, about midway up is a baby blue swath of water, which continues about three quarters of the way up the painting, between two thickets that are painted in an autumnal palette. The sky occupies the top third of the painting, it’s filled by white fluffy clouds with only a few flecks of blue coming through.