Mittens Dusk - Contemporary Impressionism Paintings by Erin Hanson

Mittens Dusk - Contemporary Impressionism Paintings by Erin Hanson

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Monument Valley four corners oil painting landscape of a desert sunset, by Erin Hanson
Monument Valley four corners oil painting landscape of a desert sunset, by modern expressionist Erin Hanson, framed in a gold floater frame

Mittens Dusk



39 x 35 in


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About the Painting

Anyone who has seen a sunset over Monument Valley will never forget it. As the world slowly darkens and the landscape hushes, the sky celebrates the closing of another day with brilliant hues and cloud formations. This painting captures that transient moment in time with thick, impasto brush strokes and expressionistic color.

This painting was done on 1-1/2" canvas, with the painting continued around the edges. It has been framed in a gilded and hand-carved floater frame.


Monument Valley

Formed during the Permian period (50 million years before dinosaurs roamed the earth), this patch of land once formed part of a seafloor where sediments and sandstone piled up in layers for millions of years. The Valley is now a sacred place for the Navajo, whose mythology holds that these grand spires contain the spirits of Najavo warriors. Monument Valley is found on the Navajo National Reservation.

The Valley is also one of the most filmed spots in the history of filmmaking. The valley was hailed "John Wayne country" for appearing in no less than five of his movies. It also served as a backdrop for an iconic scene in Forest Gump.

"There are certain places in the world that seem like special effects, they don't seem real," said film historian Scott Eyman. "They're too perfect. And the first time you come here, you see it through John Ford's eyes." (Ford is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential film-makers in history.)


This painting was a part of the The Red Rock Show in San Diego in 2018. Click here to view the other Red Rock paintings.

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Erin Hanson ArtistERIN HANSON has been painting in oils since she was 8 years old. As a young artist, she worked at a mural studio creating 40-foot-tall paintings on canvas, while selling art commissions on the side. After getting a degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, Erin became a rock climber at Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Inspired by the colorful scenery she was climbing, she decided to paint one painting every week for the rest of her life. She has stuck to that decision ever since, becoming one of the most prolific artists in history. Erin Hanson's style is known as "Open Impressionism" and is now taught in art schools worldwide. With thousands of collectors eagerly anticipating her work and millions of followers online, Hanson has become an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of contemporary impressionism.

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