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American Art Lovers, Brace Yourselves: September is shaping up to be a busy month in the world of Hudson River School art!

Chelsea DeLay | September 4th, 2012 | Posted in News

To celebrate the expansion of the Hudson River School Art Trail, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site hosted a summer-long contest, Postcards from the Trail.  Artists were invited to visit any of the 22 Hudson Valley sites and create a post-card sized original work of the location. Works were submitted for selection in a special show at Cedar Grove and online. Bringing to mind the works of  Hudson River School painters Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, and Thomas Doughty, the many locations the artists could choose from included the Catskill Mountain House, the banks of the Hudson River, and Echo Lake in Franconia, N.H.

Now that the August 31 deadline has passed, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site can begin to prepare for the show opening on September 23, as well as the accompanying online exhibition.  This exhibition will allow audiences to see the differences and similarities between the works by the great Hudson River School artists and the smaller scale works by contemporary artists.  Those postcards that are selected will be reproduced on note cards and posters, which will be dispensed throughout the HudsonValley region. 

Another exciting event to look forward to is the return of all five of Thomas Cole’s The Course of Empire paintings to New York. The New-York Historical Society will be happy to have the traveling exhibition, Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School, return from its final stop at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  On tour since February, this exhibition will bring home Hudson River School masterworks painted by the likes of John Frederick Kensett, Albert Bierstadt, Jasper Francis Cropsey, and Asher B. Durand.  This selection of 45 paintings will be one of the finest examples of “the best of the best” in Hudson River School art.

Thomas Cole, “The Course of Empire: Desolation,” 1836

Thomas Cole, “The Course of Empire: The Savage State,” 1836

Chelsea DeLay is a Researcher at Questroyal Fine Art. Chelsea earned her MA in art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, and her BA in art history and classical studies. Her interest in American paintings first began while working at an auction house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and has multiplied exponentially since joining the Questroyal team.