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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The Top 5 Hudson River School Exhibitions

Shannon Cassell | February 27th, 2015 | Posted in Events and Exhibitions
Smillie, Garden View Riverdale, Questroyal Fine Art, Oil on Canvas

Rocks rich with summer garlands–solemn streams
Skies, where the desert eagle wheels and screams
Spring bloom and autumn blaze of boundless groves.

This excerpt is from William Cullen Bryant’s poem, Read more…

American Art at Cooper Hewitt

Alison Kowalski | February 13th, 2015 | Posted in Events and Exhibitions, News
Teak Room

After three years of renovation and redesign, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum reopened its doors this past December. While the institution is unquestionably devoted to the study and display of designed objects, Read more…

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Receives Exciting Donation

Mishele Begun | December 9th, 2014 | Posted in Events and Exhibitions, News
Thomas Cole, Tower by Moonlight

Longtime friends of Questroyal, David and Laura Grey have spent years cultivating an impressive collection of American art. Recently, they generously donated Tower by Moonlight by Thomas Cole to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Read more…

Western Grandeur

Mishele Begun | November 17th, 2014 | Posted in Events and Exhibitions, News

This fall the Palm Springs Art Museum is presenting an exhibition of landscape and genre paintings in a show entitled A Grand Adventure: American Art of the West. Read more…

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Chloe Heins | October 1st, 2014 | Posted in Essays

These days, the word “apple” is more likely to bring to mind the iPhone 6 rather than a juicy honeycrisp or macoun. However, New York native Levi Wells Prentice Read more…