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Alexander Helwig Wyant

All Artists | 1836–1892 | Port Washington, Ohio

Alexander Wyant was first encouraged to paint after viewing an exhibition of paintings by George Inness in 1857. Sadly, in 1873, a heart attack left his right arm paralyzed. Insisting he would continue painting, Wyant taught himself to work with his left hand. Morning in the Marshes is the epitome of Tonalism. Soft, cool greens dominate all aspects of the landscape. He became a master of using clouds to create subtle moods rather than a spectacular storm or sunset. All is in shadow in Morning in the Marshes, so all is subdued and even in tone.