Fenimore Art Museum presents The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision

. July 9, 2013

The Fenimore Art Museum presents The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision an exhibition on view June 29–September 29, 2013, showcasing over forty-five important 19th century landscape paintings by Hudson River School artists.

Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823–1900), Sunset, Lake George, New York, 1867. Oil on canvas, 24 1/4 x 44 in. (61.6 x 111.8 cm). New-York Historical Society, The Robert L. Stuart Collection, S-126

Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823–1900), Sunset, Lake George, New York, 1867. Oil on canvas, 24 1/4 x 44 in. (61.6 x 111.8 cm). New-York Historical Society, The Robert L. Stuart Collection, S-126


The exhibition is part of a collaborative project with The Glimmerglass Festival, Hyde Hall, and Olana State Historic Site, the home of Frederic Church. Each organization features programming related to the Hudson River School throughout the summer.

Celebrated masterpieces rarely seen on tour include Thomas Cole’s iconic series of five monumental landscapes, The Course of Empire, ca. 1834-36. Other featured artists include Asher B. Durand, Frederic Edwin Church, John Frederick Kensett, George Inness, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Francis Augustus Silva, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Thomas Hill, and Albert Bierstadt. Rising to eminence in New York during the mid-nineteenth century, this loosely knit group of artists forged a self-consciously American landscape vision grounded in the exploration of the natural world as a resource for spiritual renewal and as an expression of cultural and national identity.

“Nature and the American Vision encapsulates some of the finest work of the Hudson River School artists,” said Fenimore Art Museum President and CEO Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio. “These artists portrayed nature both as a divine force and as a symbol of national pride. Some works touch upon the subject of conservation and preservation, with imagery portraying the emergence of industrialization in 19th century America, a deliberate foreshadowing to warn of the potential environmental issues that could ultimately obliterate the country’s pristine nature.”

The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision tells this compelling story through a series of themes, each contributing to the unifying narrative of nature and the American vision. Within these broad groupings, landscape imagery is also interpreted as a narrative device that embodies powerful ideas about nature, culture, and history. www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

Category: Fine Art

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