This hazy river scene including an oak tree covered with moss is a characteristic subject for an Alexander Drysdale painting. The artist moved to New Orleans in the 1880’s and frequently painted images of the local bayous or the Mississippi River. After moving to New York in 1901 to study at the Art Students League, he returned to New Orleans and opened a studio on Magazine Street. Drysdale would dilute his oil paint with kerosene, and sometimes apply it to the canvas with cotton balls to create a misty atmosphere in his landscapes.

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