Different Views in Hudson River School Painting


Reproductions of 120 paintings capture the beauty and illuminate the aesthetic and philosophical principles of works by the Hudson River School painters in this 160-page book written by Judith Hansen O'Toole, former Director/CEO of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. The pieces included in this volume reflect a period (1825-1875) when American landscape painting was most thoroughly explored and formalized with personal, artistic, cultural and national identifications. The author's commentaries reveal the subtleties and quiet majesty of these works as she discusses their shared iconography, the ways in which artists responded to one another's paintings, and how the paintings reflected 19th century American cultural, intellectual and social settings.

This book is also the first major study to closely examine the Hudson River School artists' practice of creating thematically related pairs and series of paintings. O'Toole considers painters' use of this method to express different moods and philosophical concepts. She observes artists' representations of landscape and their nuanced depiction of weather, light and season.

The Hudson River School -- founded by Thomas Cole -- included Jasper Francis Cropsey, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Asher B. Durand, Frederic Edwin Church, Albert Bierstadt, John Frederick Kensett and John William Casilear. All of these artists, as well as lesser-known practitioners, are represented in this volume and in the 2005 exhibition -- American Scenery: Different Views in Hudson River School Painting -- at the Westmoreland Museum.

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