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. Here we see a lake whose shoreline is shared by the states of New York and New Jersey. A group of visitors appreciates the view in foreground, with forests in early autumn and pristine waters. Crossing the lake is a steamship—which as it happens had commenced operations two years earlier due to a growing tourist industry on the lake. Like other paintings of this era showing (for example) a railroad passing through natural landscapes, even small details indicate ambivalence.
Cropsey, Jasper Francis, 1823-1900
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30 x 54 in.