Hudson River School

Introduction

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

Recent News

USPS Releases Hudson River School Stamps

Alison Kowalski | August 22nd, 2014 | Posted in News
Thomas Cole Stamp

In recent years, the United States Post Office has produced limited edition stamps featuring important American paintings, including the work of Albert Bierstadt, Winslow Homer, and Edward Hopper. The most recent release in the American Treasures series depicts Hudson River School paintings from major museum collections. Read more…

Pennsylvania’s Beauty: Visiting the Poconos

Chelsea DeLay | July 30th, 2014 | Posted in Essays
Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847–1919), Pawpack Falls, Hawley, Pennsylvania. Oil on canvas, 42½ x 30½ inches. Signed lower right: RA. Blakelock.

Working with nineteenth-century American landscape paintings on a daily basis offers the unique opportunity to examine the appearance of landmarks in present day and consider how time has changed from when they were Read more…

Exploring Maine’s Appeal: Landscapes and Lobsters

Chelsea DeLay | July 24th, 2014 | Posted in Essays
Photo by Shannon Cassell

During the nineteenth century, awareness of Maine’s striking landscape was raised in part due to the first generation of Hudson River School artists. The coastal towns and Read more…

Rebuilding of New Studio begins at Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Chelsea DeLay | July 12th, 2014 | Posted in News
Image from the groundbreaking ceremony for the rebuilding of Thomas Cole’s New Studio at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York.  Claude Haton/Columbia-Greene Med.

In December of 1846, Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole fulfilled a life goal of having his own studio in which he could work and handle his art. Before its completion, he Read more…

Canvassing the White Mountains: Icons of Place Opens this Weekend at the Historical Society of Cheshire County

Chelsea DeLay | June 20th, 2014 | Posted in Essays
Peace and Harmony (1865) – Mount Washington from the Intervale in North Conway, New Hampshire, by Benjamin Champney, 1817-1907.

In today’s world, an eye-catching photo with a witty or interesting caption paired with an effective use of content-related hashtags is all it takes for a person or place to start trending Read more…