Louis Remy Mignot | New-York Historical Society

Louis Rémy Mignot’s “The Harvest Moon”

Nina LiGreci | September 20th, 2013 | Posted in News

Because today marks the official start of the fall season, I thought it would be timely to give some acknowledgement to one of my favorite works by Louis Rémy Mignot, The Harvest Moon! While this may seem daunting to some, as a reminder that winter is not too far ahead, I, for one, cannot think of anything that I dislike about this season: from the food and smells, to the clothes, colors, weather, and holidays. This painting encompasses much of what makes fall my favorite time of year.

Mignot captures a scene far from the concrete jungle. The upstate New Yorker in me recognizes the painting as if it were a photograph I took while growing up—oh wait, I do have photographs like this! This charming scene is harmonized by an array of colors which encapsulate the autumnal foliage that the northeastern countryside is famous for. Mignot’s technique is remarkable, and here he creates a delicate romance with his range of colors, from the rising moonlight into the fading sunset and onto the untended crops in the foreground. His brush stroke is energetic yet poised as he is able to mimic the textures of the various elements while still maintaining a subtle effect. This painting is truly one for the season!

If you aren’t a country bumpkin like myself, then this painting may not be love at first sight. But hopefully, The Harvest Moon makes you want to run upstate—north of Westchester county for you downstaters—for a stint in the pumpkin patch or apple orchard or a run through a corn maze!

Louis Rémy Mignot, The Harvest Moon, 1860, oil on canvas, New-York Historical Society

Louis Rémy Mignot (1831–1870)
“The Harvest Moon,” 1860
Oil on canvas
24 x 39 inches
New-York Historical Society, New York, The Robert L. Stuart Collection, on permanent loan from the New York Public Library, S-160

Nina LiGreci is the Gallery Coordinator at Questroyal Fine Art. From an early age Nina recognized her interest in art, which she pursued throughout her education, incorporating drawing, photography, and ceramics classes. Nina earned her MA in fine and decorative arts at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, and her BA in art history, with minors in history and wilderness education, from the State University of New York at Potsdam.