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Norton Bush (1834–1894), United States
The Heart of the Peruvian Andes—A View from the Arequipa Valley with Mount Chachani in the Distance
, Peru, 1877
Oil on canvas

Colección Patricia Phelps de CisnerosNorton Bush traveled to Peru in 1875 at the invitation of Henry Meiggs, a U.S. mining magnate, who commissioned Bush to produce a series of paintings of the Andean cordillera, including the Heart of the Peruvian Andes. Bush was influenced by Frederic Edwin Church’s famous work Heart of the Andes (1859; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), which was extremely well known at that time in the United States. Bush’s painting of rugged mountains and lush vegetation show a spectacular and Edenic landscape, exemplifying picturesque conventions that would have appealed to U.S. collectors.

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