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

Recent News

Hiking the Hudson Valley: An Artist’s Inspiration

Jenny Lyubomudrova | September 29th, 2017 | Posted in News

By Megan Gatton, Intern

As the leaves begin to change and autumn signals her arrival, we are reminded to pause and ponder the beauty of the world surrounding us. There is no better time or place to appreciate the resplendent glory of nature than the Hudson River Valley in autumn. Visitors to this historic landscape can experience the magnificent sights that inspired the first truly American art movement. Read more…

Thomas Cole National Historic Site: New Beginnings

Ally Chapel | May 5th, 2017 | Posted in Events and Exhibitions, News

With increasing sunlight and warmth, spring is the season of hope and renewal. Nestled in Catskill, New York, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site marks the birthplace of American landscape painting, where the Hudson River School began. Read more…

The Poetry of Thomas Cole

Jenny Lyubomudrova | April 25th, 2017 | Posted in Essays

Thomas Cole is well-known as one of the founding fathers of America’s Hudson River School movement. Yet, in addition to the romantic landscape paintings he produced during his prolific career, Cole also wrote a wealth of poetry that celebrated the beauty of the American landscape. Read more…

Worthy of the Ages: Important Hudson River School Paintings now on view

Jenny Lyubomudrova | March 10th, 2017 | Posted in Events and Exhibitions

Today is the first official day of Questroyal Fine Art’s annual exhibition and sale of important Hudson River School Paintings. One of the most anticipated events among collectors of American art each year, this spring’s exhibition, Worthy of the Ages, includes over 125 paintings and features works by Hudson River School masters such as Albert Bierstadt, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Asher B. Durand, Sanford Robinson Gifford, George Inness, John Frederick Kensett, Thomas Moran, and William Trost Richards. Read more…

“Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect” at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Ally Chapel | April 29th, 2016 | Posted in Events and Exhibitions, News

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site has just announced its upcoming exhibition, Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architectwhich opens on May 1st. After years of extensive research, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site has reconstructed Thomas Cole’s “New Studio,” first built by the artist one hundred seventy years ago.

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