Death on a Misty Morning

Oil on wood
4 3/8 x 15 3/8 inches
Credit Line:
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Grooms does not shy from the more brutal images of the Civil War. Mathew Brady dispatched Alexander Gardner, Timothy H. O’Sullivan, and several other photographers from his New York studio to cover the war. In 1865 Gardner published images by him and his colleagues in Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War, which Grooms studied for this painting of the Gettysburg battleground and The Grim Reaper’s Harvest. O’Sullivan photographed this scene two days after the fighting ended, and Gardner wrote the caption: “It was, indeed, a ‘harvest of death’. . . It shows the blank horror and reality of war, in opposition to its pageantry. . . . ”