Blog Posts tagged with hudson river school

Important American Paintings, Volume XVIII: Be Uncool

Posted: September 09, 2017 12:17 Last Updated: | Louis M. Salerno, Owner

New York (August 11, 2017) – Collectors of American art may now request Questroyal Fine Art’s anticipated Important American Paintings, Volume XVIII: Be Uncool, available in October. The hardcover, ninety-six-page catalogue features thirty-seven color plates of paintings by some of the most important nineteenth- and twentieth-century American artists, with examples ranging from masterpieces of the Hudson River School to American Modernism. In keeping with Questroyal’s philosophy, Be Uncool celebrates masterworks of American art that are sometimes overlooked by collectors in favor of what i...


Snow-Bound Brook

Walter Launt Palmer's Winter

Posted: October 25, 2013 11:54 Last Updated: | Kenny Ackerman

Winter is a time for peace and reflection. It seems as if the natural world is asleep, resting for the new spring. The dynamic light cascading over pristine snow transforms our surroundings. Walter Launt Palmer captured the mystery and beauty of winter. Walter Launt Palmer was born to sculptor Erastus Dow Palmer in 1854 in Albany, New York. Growing up among artists, Palmer was exposed to an assortment of influences. Travels to Europe also enabled him to met painters such as Chase and Sargent. The city of Venice became one of Palmer’s great loves that he would return to multiple times du...


David Johnson (1827-1908) - "Near Buck Mountain" - pencil on paper

"Scandal"

Posted: May 07, 2012 17:04 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

When he wasn’t painting, Hudson River School artist David Johnson loved to draw, with confident lines on big sheets. Every once in a while his pencil traced the figure of a woman. For example, in an 1886 drawing (above), a woman in full dress looks out over a pond in the Adirondacks. In lieu of a visible expression she appears self-possessed, as though lost in thought. In the forested background, meanwhile, is seen the shadowy and skulking figure of a man. The scene can be thought of as an unintentional metaphor: hidden in the trees of the Hudson River School artists lurked passion, res...


 Frank Anderson (1844-1891)--"Mount Beacon, Fishkill, New York"--Oil on Canvas--12 x 20 in.

The Painter of Peekskill

Posted: March 28, 2012 16:50 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

Centuries of trained artists have flocked to cities (or nearby art colonies) where they enjoy the camaraderie of fellow artists, social and professional organizations, exhibition venues, and access to patrons. The Hudson River School painters were no exception. Even so, there have always been those artists who prefer to work apart from the creative and commercial bustle. Sometimes it seems that the personal idiosyncrasies that pull them away from the crowd also help to nurture extraordinary art. Frank Anderson is a name that carries the weight of a passing shadow against the likes of Co...


Musée du Louvre

A New American in Paris?

Posted: February 22, 2012 17:23 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

Which American painting might the Louvre be about to acquire? As ArtFixDaily and other news organizations have reported, the Musée du Louvre and three American institutions—the Terra Foundation for American Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art—have recently collaborated to bring the Hudson River School to the banks of the Seine. The modest exhibition is titled “New Frontier: Thomas Cole and the Birth of Landscape Painting in America” and includes four works by Thomas Cole and one by Asher Durand. Now on view at the Louvre, it travels to ...


Jervis McEntee

McEntee's Masterpiece

Posted: February 05, 2012 13:06 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

When Hudson River School artist Jervis McEntee’s wife Gertrude died in October 1878 at the age of 44 of an unknown illness, it left a gaping hole in his life. They were married in 1854. Early on, they lived in an idyllic cottage on the McEntee family property overlooking the town of Rondout, New York (now Kingston). From their windows they could see the Catskill Mountains to the north and the Hudson River to the east. While Jervis worked on his art, Gertrude planted rose bushes around the cottage, played the piano, and sang: "I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls," "There you’ll rememb...


LAUREN SANSARICQ (B.  1990) - The Top of Kaaterskill Falls, 2011 - Oil on panel - 12 x 16 inches

The Studio of Nature

Posted: November 16, 2011 17:13 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

For the Hudson River School artists there was no more sacred place than Kaaterskill Clove, the rocky, forested nave into which Thomas Cole and successive aspirants trekked and clambered, paint box and umbrella in hand. The artists rarely came alone. Working in twos or threes outdoors in nature, they probably talked art, shared tips and encouragement, or sometimes just painted together in silence, listening to what William Cullen Bryant referred to as the "still voice" coming from "Earth and her waters, and the depths of air." Today that "still voice" speaks to a new generation of young ...


Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) - Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California - 64 1/2 x 96 1/2 in

Lives of a Painting

Posted: October 02, 2011 11:28 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

From one owner to another, from exhibition to auction, through years of adulation and years of neglect, a painting can endure a life of its own. Some lives are more exciting than others. Such is the case with Albert Bierstadt’s Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California, a monumental work measuring over five feet by eight feet in the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art. How it arrived at the Alabama museum is a story involving shady finances, public charity, and a historic escape from destruction. Bierstadt painted Looking Down Yosemite Valley in 1865 toward the end of the Civil W...


Sanford Robinson Gifford, "Whiteface Mountain from Lake Placid," 1866.  Oil on canvas, 11 5/8 x 19 5/8 in.

An August Invitation

Posted: August 24, 2011 13:10 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

"My dear McEntee…" On August 28, 1863, Sanford Robinson Gifford wrote to Jervis McEntee from a book shop at Saratoga Spa in northern New York State (the original letter is digitized on the Smithsonian Archives of American Art website). Gifford had recently returned from his final tour of duty with the New York Seventh Regiment in the Civil War. He was attempting to gather his friends, including artists Richard William Hubbard and Worthington Whittredge, for a sketching tour of northern New York.  His letter is a revealing glimpse of the affection and humor that characterized the cl...


John Frederick Kensett, "Shrewsbury River, New Jersey," 1859

Kensett's Keepsakes

Posted: July 06, 2011 14:55 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

In the 1850s through 1860, John Frederick Kensett painted a series of at least five landscapes of the "Shrewsbury River" (now the Navesink River) along the New Jersey shore. The paintings are striking in their design and yet convey an atmosphere of translucent calm, for which they are justifiably renowned. A splendid example is included in "Painting the American Vision," an exhibition of Hudson River School landscapes from the New York Historical Society, on view at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts starting July 30. The exhibition travels to the Columbia Museum of Art in C...


John S.  Jameson, "River and Mountains," circa 1860

The Prodigy

Posted: May 30, 2011 10:25 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

Sometimes a small painting can tell a big story.   Such is the case with a six-by-nine-inch landscape by John S. Jameson. The painting is on display at the Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, New York, in the new exhibition, "Rally 'Round the Flag: Frederic Edwin Church and the Civil War.” Born in 1842 in Hartford, John S. Jameson was a rising young star among the New York painters at the time of the Civil War. The patriotic tug of duty, however, changed his course. A prodigy in both art and music, Jameson attracted attention in the 1850s while just barely a teenager. His father wa...


Asher Durand's "Progress (The Advance of Civilization)" seen here at the Booklyn Museum in 2007

Two American Treasures, Sold

Posted: April 22, 2011 10:09 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

Everyone knows that art world players throw big bucks at Picasso, Warhol, and Monet. Yet within the past couple of months, the typically serene and dignified field of Hudson River School art has been ruffled by the secretive sale of at least two monumental paintings, along with several lesser, but still important works. Upwards of $100 million may have changed hands, most of it for one painting by Asher Durand and one by Thomas Cole, in what may be the highest prices ever paid for nineteenth century American art. The Hudson River School paintings were part of the Westervelt corporate c...


Thomas Cole (1801-1848) -- Desolation

Cole's Manifesto

Posted: March 21, 2011 16:46 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

There is the moral of all human tales; 'Tis but the same rehearsal of the past. First Freedom and then Glory—when that fails, Wealth, vice, corruption—barbarism at last. --Lord Byron In the summer of 1835, Thomas Cole was in the middle of painting The Course of Empire, his grand five-part cycle of the rise and fall of an imaginary Greco-Roman civilization. He had traveled to Rome in the early 1830s, pondered the ruins, and read the romantic literature. There was more on his mind, however, than Byron and Gibbon. America was experiencing growing pains in the 1830s. By the middle of t...


Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880) - Mount Merino - 1861 - 11x22 inches

View from a Hill

Posted: February 09, 2011 18:06 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

Reclining under a tree, on a hill overlooking his hometown along the Hudson River, Sanford Gifford made a decision that would save his family business. According to the story later told by his artist friend Worthington Whittredge, it would have been in the mid-1840s, perhaps summer. Sanford had taken early leave of Brown University in 1844. He didn’t want a life in business, or letters, or as his mother wished, the church. Sanford had an inclination for art. "It was one of the greatest pleasures of my boyhood to look at and study the miscellaneous collection of engravings which cover...


William Louis Sonntag (1822-1900) - "Mountain Sunset" - courtesy Questroyal Fine Art, LLC

Deserted

Posted: January 18, 2011 17:02 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

"When and how, therefore, did the generations perceive that the Cropseys, generically speaking, wouldn't do? When and how, still more, did they begin to perceive that the Hudson River wouldn't, and doesn't?" So inquired writer Henry James about the events by which, in the nineteenth-century, the Hudson River School—which he personified as "the Cropseys"—became passé. A poignant moment in their decline was captured in the diaries of artist Jervis McEntee, which are online and browsable at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. It is the kind of first-hand historical account that was pr...


Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole is part of the John and Jean Wilkinson Collection.

"American Masters from the Collection of John and Jean Wilkinson' opens in Florida

Posted: May 23, 2010 22:25 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

Twenty works by leading American artists such as Thomas Cole, George Inness, Alfred Maurer, Jane Peterson, Thomas B. Pope and Anthony Thieme, are on loan from the private collection of John and Jean Wilkinson to the Appleton Museum of Art. The exhibit, which runs through July 25, illustrates art movements from the Hudson River School of the 19th century to early 20th century modernism. Also, on view through May 30 is "Florida Journeys: African-American Artists From The Sunshine State" with nearly 40 artworks by some of Florida’s finest African-American artists such as Kenneth Fala...


The view from Thomas Cole's porch in the Catskills.

The Father of American landscape painting gets Webby award

Posted: April 19, 2010 22:33 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

A 19th-century Hudson River School painter showcased in a high-tech platform has been named as one of the Honorees in the Arts category in the 14th Annual Webby Awards.  Official Honoree Explore Thomas Cole (http://www.explorethomascole.org/) was among 8,000 entries competing for the distinction. Fewer than 15% of entered websites are recognized with a Webby, the award given for an outstanding caliber of work in website design. Part of the site's appeal is certainly the beauty and functionality present in the comprehensive Virtual Gallery of Cole's work. Filter the gallery by su...


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