Wadsworth Atheneum


America's first native school of landscape painting emerged between 1825 and 1875, when artists created a distinctive style that came to rival portraiture as the premier focus of painting in the United States. These artists frequented the Catskill Mountains of New York; several built houses along the Hudson River.

The discovery, exploration, and settlement of the land were central themes to the painters of the Hudson River School. Their legacy to American art embodies the reverence for nature and the national idealism that prevailed at the middle of the nineteenth century. In lush, richly colored depictions of quiet river valleys, dramatic coastal vistas, and vast reaches of mountain and forest, they captured the wonder of an America still untouched by the plow.

This portfolio presents four magnificent works from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, home to one of the world's most extensive collections of Hudson River School paintings.

John Frederick Kensett (American, 1816–1872), Mount Washington from the Conway Valley, 1867
Asher Brown Durand (American, 1796–1886), View toward Hudson Valley, 1851
Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900), Coast Scene, Mount Desert (Sunrise off the Maine Coast), 1863
John William Casilear (American, 1811–1893), Lake George, 1860

20 notecards, 5 each of 4 images.

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