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Cropsey--Greenwood Lake.jpg
Cropsey, initially trained as an architect, turned to painting in the style of Thomas Cole's sublime renderings of nature. He traveled in the Northeast and Europe, gaining recognition for his increasingly vivid fall hues and more restful settings.…

Dove--Seneca Lake.jpg
This small watercolor uses a technique Dove called "extraction": abstracting from some landscape only those elements necessary to render it. Here we see a few lines of ink used to trees, clouds, and a power line; watercolor and gouache then complete…

Bierstadt--Mohawk River small.jpg
This painting, seemingly located on the upper Mohawk River, assumes a timeless, mythical quality. Bierstadt was one of several second-generation Hudson School artists associated with "luminism," a technique using aerial perspective and…

Smithsonian-Colman-Storm_King_on_the_Hudson-2130.jpg
Picturesque massif on the Hudson River has earned its name due to frequently being mantled with dramatic clouds. This feature made it a favorite subject of 19th-century painters. Colman's composition is quite complex, however, since it renders both…

Harbor Island--small.jpg
David Johnson was a second-generation school of the Hudson River School who studied with Jasper Francis Cropsey and was friends with his contemporaries John Frederick Kensett and John William Casilear. This is one of several paintings Johnson made of…

Kensett--Summer on Conesus Lake.jpg
A placid scene along the shore of this Finger Lake depicts men and women—there are no children present—at their leisure in genteel dress. Small groups are picnicking, lounging, boating, and perhaps courting.

Kensett, a second-generation painter…

Durand--Dover.jpg
We look down upon the lush valley formed by Ten Mile River. Although there are a few indirect signs of human habitation, the overall effect is pastoral. Forests blend pleasingly with grassy pastures; flocks of sheep and cattle can be seen grazing…

Thomas_Worthington_Whittredge_-_Autumn_on_the_Delaware.jpg
We pause during a still moment, seemingly at dawn or dusk, as seven deer come to the Delaware River for water. Its placid surface and enclosure on all sides organizes the space; through a gap in the trees we behold mountains in the distance.…

Jennings,_J._S.jpg
We look north across the Chemung River to the town of Corning, a settlement of about 4,000 at the time. In the background is Dutch Hill, showing signs of deforestation that would grow in the years ahead as Corning became a manufacturing center. In…

SharpJohn - Vase of Asters.JPG
In a darkened room, light dramatically illuminates an arrangement of flowers and dried oak leaves in a simple white vase. The leaf shapes and Sharp’s brushwork create a flamelike appearance, albeit in a more muted color palette—even the bouquet’s…
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