Hudson River School


This site is dedicated to an in-depth exploration of The Hudson River School, America’s first true movement in American art. The school consisted of an ever-evolving fraternity of painters who helped shape the dominant vision of the American landscape from approximately 1825 to 1875. This loose-knit group of artists based in New York, along with several contemporary writers and poets who rose to prominence during the nineteenth century, hoped to define a particularly “American” voice via an intensive artistic and literary exploration of Nature. The Hudson River School celebrated the glorious lands of the Hudson River Valley and beyond, forging a unique vision of the vast potential of a country that was in the process of identifying itself. Read More

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Earth Day Celebrates the American Landscape

Chelsea DeLay | April 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Essays
Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902), The Alps from Visp. Oil on paper laid down on panel, 14 x 19⅜ inches. Monogrammed lower right: ABierstadt

Forty-four years ago today, a world-wide environmental movement began with the celebration of the first “Earth Day.” Immeasurable strides of progress in the fields of conservation and preservation have currently brought us to 2014 Read more…

George Inness and the Exploration of Human Faculties

Chelsea DeLay | April 17th, 2014 | Posted in Essays
George Inness (1825–1894), The Rainbow. Oil on board, 9 5/16 x 13 3/16 inches . Initialed lower left: G.I.; inscribed on verso: Lower left corner G.I. George Inness. Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York

An artist’s inspiration can provide an enlightening context to a work of art, infusing it with a personal element, historical connection, or mystical component that heightens an audience’s experiential encounter with a piece. For George Inness, this statement is particularly Read more…

Conservation Emphasized in “Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting”

Chelsea DeLay | April 11th, 2014 | Posted in News
Thomas Cole (American, 1801-1848). A View of the Two Lakes and Mountain House, Catskill Mountains, Morning, 1844. Oil on canvas, 35 13/16 x 53 7/8 in. (91 x 136.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 52.16

Thomas Cole’s career as an American artist progressed in tandem with the rise of our country’s tourism and industrialization during the 1830s. His artwork played a central role in popularizing Read more…

“Naughton and Moran: Paintings of the American West” Gives a Nod to Tradition

Chelsea DeLay | April 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Events and Exhibitions
Thomas Moran, Nearing Camp on the Upper Colorado River. Oil on canvas. © Bolton Museum and Library Services.

Since the opening of Through Eagles’ Eyes: Painters of the Hudson River School, we have enjoyed a steady stream of visitors eager to see the show. Yesterday a family based out of California stopped in for the exhibition and while standing in front of Read more…

“William Bradford and the Arctic” at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum

Chelsea DeLay | March 26th, 2014 | Posted in Events and Exhibitions
William Bradford, Morning on the Arctic Ice Fields, ca.1880. Oil on canvas. Minnesota Marine Art Museum Collection.

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is currently hosting an exhibition that allows you to experience the chillingly beautiful views of the Arctic without exposing yourself to Read more…