The glorious landscape paintings of the hudson river valleyand beyondwhich forged americas first artistic movement. Eventually going beyond the hudson to the west and south america. His pencil and watercolor field sketches and paintings captured the grandeur and documented the extraordinary terrain and natural features of the yellowstone region. The hudson river school was named for the place where many of its paintings were created. Official city of hudson historian pat fenoffemail cityhistorian a history of hudson the little city of hudson has the distinction of being the first city in the united states mdash that is, it was the first city to be incorporated after the thirteen colonies became the united states. Hudson river school, a group of nineteenthcentury painters inspired by the american landscape. Ive had the privilege of painting in the same places as church and cole and even though my artwork is nowhere near as beautiful or grand as theirs, it makes me feel like i am a smalll part of art history. A foreword the heritage of the hudson by carmer is followed by an essay, the hudson river school. Lessons from the hudson river school of painting luminous. Earlier this year, i introduced six female artists of the hudson river school, an important school in american art. The movement was led by a group of landscape painters whose aesthetic vision was influenced by romanticism.
Oct 06, 2009 i was looking for a detailed overview of the artists of the hudson river school. Albany, new york is a great place to discover the hudson river school. This deliberate emphasis on the train differs from the more bucolic themes of hudson river school painting, but uses many of the same techniques. Hudson river school visions the metropolitan museum of art. This page of the albany institute of history and art site contains a brief summary and an index of hudson river school paintings in their collection. Together, they raised landscape painting to preeminent status in america in the midnineteenth century. Read about authors like edgar allan poe, who spent time at west point, poets such as john ashbery, and publishing houses still inhabiting the area on the literature page. Its name was coined to identify a group of new york citybased landscape painters that emerged about 1850 under the influence of the english emigre thomas cole 18011848 and flourished until about the time. The second generation of artists influenced by this school took their canvas and bushes to other places, such as the american west. Mar 04, 2017 the hudson river school, a movement in american landscape painting, was americas first independent artistic tradition. Hudson river school apush topics are important to study because the movement is considered the first truly american art style. The second generation of artists influenced by this school took their canvas and. Index of hudson river school painters desmondfish library.
To those who say that robert weir is not mentioned in any major books on the hudson river painters, it is simply not true. Steamboats, including the 1898 steam tug mathilda are the major focus of this museum, which highlights their place in commerce, industry and leisure. Sep 08, 2019 the hudson river school wasnt an actual place of study in the literal sense of a school, but rather an association of likeminded artists in one region at one place in time. The hudson river school important paintings theartstory. Newyork historical society nature and the american vision. Learn more about looking down yosemite valley, california albert bierstadt oil artwork, painted by one of the most celebrated masters in the history of art.
The worcester art museum showcases the hudson river school of 19thcentury painters. List of books and articles about hudson river school. Brief overview of the hudson river school of landscape painters, focusing on their relationship to transcendentalism, european romanticism, and the widespread 19th century belief that the vast. Notable hudson river school artists include thomas cole, frederick edwin church, and albert bierstadt. The hudson river school essay the metropolitan museum. The hudson river school features fortyfive iconic works including thomas coles fivepart series. The art institute of chicago and the whitney museum did an exhibition in 1945. The artists of the hudson river school were influenced less by european artists than by american artists and writers. List of books and articles about hudson river school online. For a more general overview of the hudson river school, i would suggest novaks nature and culture, myers the catskills, and ferbers the hudson river school. Despite these mixed reactions to the war and lincolns administration, young men up and down the hudson river valley answered lincolns call to arms. Hudson river school, group of american landscape painters, working from 1825 to 1875.
The hudson river school painters were some of the best in all of history in my estimation. Durand, jasper cropsey, frederick church, and others who found in the american landscape a distinctly american subject. The grand women artists of the hudson river school arts. Hudson river school painters never formalized their loose association with written guidelines, membership lists, regular meeting times, etc.
The worcester art museum presents the landscape as. Scenes of solitude from hudson river school artists. Copplestone traces the history and origins of the technique, then follows with brief biographies of some of the bestknown river school artists. Some of these artists are also considered luminists, a related movement in mid19thcentury american painting that was characterized in the twentieth century. The hudson river school was a mid19th century american art movement embodied by a group of landscape painters whose aesthetic vision was influenced by romanticism.
The wadsworth atheneum has one of the largest collections of hudson river school paintings, including over 65 works by the movements noteworthy artists such as thomas cole, frederic edwin church, and albert bierstadt. Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search. Their powerful interpretations of american scenery. Although there were many professional artists working in the early and developing american society from the 17th to the 19th centuries, most of them, apart from the many charming naive practitioners, were itinerant portrait painters or. Hudson river school wadsworth atheneum museum of art. They cannot be reproduced without permission from the holder.
In the episode, learn about painter thomas cole and the hudson river school, then delve into the cottage communities of the late 1800s, with a current twilight park resident. Thomas morans vision of the western landscape was critical to the creation of yellowstone national park. Ive had the privilege of painting in the same places as church and cole and even though my artwork is nowhere near as beautiful or grand as theirs, it makes me feel like i. Settling in new york city, he frequently traveled north up the hudson valley where he discovered unspoiled wilderness and beauty. Cole wrote that the most distinctive, and perhaps the. Louise minks 1999 the hudson river school is a coffee table art book containing an excellent selection from a distinctively american genre, coupled with an informative narrative on the history of the movement. The course of empire and other masterworks by cole, john f. It starts in new york and goes up the river in location and forward in history. Fine art book store art artist portrait painting books.
Aug 07, 2017 earlier this year, i introduced six female artists of the hudson river school, an important school in american art. The name, applied retrospectively, refers to a similarity of intent rather than to a geographic location, though many of the older members of the group drew inspiration from the picturesque catskill region north of new york city, through which the hudson river flows. All these books are great, just some of them take a different approach to the school, or dont focus solely on those artists. Hudson river school, large group of american landscape painters of several generations who worked between about 1825 and 1870. A lot of the understanding of art comes from the history context. Settling in new york city, he frequently traveled north up the hudson valley where he. Apr 25, 2017 the hudson river school art movement was particularly influential on landscape painters in the northeastern united states in the 1800s. American expansion and manifest destiny imbued the untamed countryside with the symbolism of the countrys promised prosperity and limitless resources. This slim and inexpensive book from england serves as a first introduction to the hudson river school of landscape painting in america.
Nature and the americanvision 9780847832644 by newyork historical society. The socalled hudson river school has a place of special importance in the history of american painting. The hudson river school was americas first true artistic fraternity. In the realm of the arts, nineteenthcentury americans were torn between a conviction that their country was possessed of unique virtues and a belief that they should copy european masters. Search for more hudson river school books on amazon. The paintings typically depict the hudson river valley and the surrounding area, including the catskill, adirondack, and white mountains. May 20, 2015 brief overview of the hudson river school of landscape painters, focusing on their relationship to transcendentalism, european romanticism, and the widespread 19th century belief that the vast. I was looking for a detailed overview of the artists of the hudson river school. Most of the inspiration came from the catskill region of new york that provided grandiose scenes of the valley through which the hudson river flows through. The hudson river valley has a rich history of art, dating back to the colonial era. Searching for a national style of art, the american landscape itself large and untamed was the primary focus of the hudson river school painters. Asher durands kindred spirits 1849 shows thomas cole and william cullen bryant, a poet of the age, discussing the beauty of nature.
Hudson river school of landscape painting, landscape painting, american publisher new york, viking press. The following is a list of painters in the hudson river school, a mid19thcentury american art movement. This index, selected from the hudson river reference collection which consists of over 1,000 images of hudson river school paintings, contains those images which the library has obtained permission to display under the fair use doctrine. In the first half of the 19th century, a group of painters working in new york city developed a distinctly american vision of the landscape. Theres also a display on hudson river lighthouses featuring the 1915 rondout ii lighthouse. A subset of the romantic movement, the hudson river school was founded by thomas cole, who came to america during the early 1820s in search of opportunity. In this new work, color reproductions of more than 115 paintings capture the beauty and illuminate the aesthetic and philosophical principles of the hudson river school painters. Cropsey and their contributions to creating a unique art style on the hudson river school page. The hudson river school hrs was a group of american landscape painters who were active from about 1825 to about 1880. Different views in hudson river school painting judith h. No matter what youre looking for or where you are in the world, our global marketplace of sellers can help you find unique and affordable options. Scenes of solitude from hudson river school artists the.
Their work was characterized by an interest in realistic depictions of nature and a burning desire to celebrate distinctly american scenery. It was very popular in the middle half of the nineteenth century due to its focus on american scenery and nationalism. The 19thcentury romantic movements of england, germany, and france were introduced to the united states by such writers as washington irving and james fenimore cooper. For over 100 years artists have tried to master the look and feel of the hudson river school painters. Hudson river school archives the new york history blog. The hudson river maritime museum in kingston features exhibits on this period of the rivers history. Yosemite albert bierstadt hudson river school, luminism, american western expansion, and bigger than life landscapes. The narrative covers the three standard phases of the hudson river school, from formative to mature to expansionist. Index of hudson river school painters listed by the desmond fish library, includes images and biographical. Hudson river school american art movement britannica. Oct 08, 2003 the hudson river school, first identified at the end of its heyday, was a fraternity of artists who worked principally in new york city from about 1840 to 1875.
Newyork historical society nature and the american. The pieces included in this volume reflect a period 1825. After 1850 hudson river school artists also sought inspiration. Kaatscast is a new biweekly podcast delivering interviews, arts, culture, and history, from new yorks catskill mountains.
Originally attracted by the grandeur of natural scenery along the hudson river and in new england, the painters interpreted both the wilderness and the pastoral face of a growing and changing nation. Search the history of over 424 billion web pages on the internet. The name, applied retrospectively, refers to a similarity of intent rather than to a geographic location, though many of the older members of the group drew inspiration. The hudson river school wasnt an actual place of study in the literal sense of a school, but rather an association of likeminded artists in one region at one place in time. Howat that explores the origins and history of the movement that presented the river hudson as an environment with a transcendent, almost mystical reverence for its natural state, cliffs, chasms. Jul 17, 2009 the hudson river school painters were some of the best in all of history in my estimation.1078 1006 1551 1305 1122 1413 828 563 1574 1436 503 1273 1482 874 637 257 611 926 977 385 4 324 164 40 626 1395 116 183