An all-star roster of institutions including the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Musée du Louvre, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and Terra Foundation for American Art came together in a collaborative effort earlier this year with an intimate but hugely significant exhibition, American Encounters. While six paintings might first seem like an insignificant number in terms of exhibition size, any and all doubts will be shattered once the public sees the skilled landscapes by Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, and Pierre-Antoine Patel the Younger.
American Encounters chronicles the beginning of American landscape painting, and its initial appearance at Crystal Bridges coincided nicely with another exhibition that focused on Hudson River School art, The Hudson River School: Landscape and the American Vision. With 45 works on loan from the New-York Historical Society, audiences were treated to landscape paintings by several American masters, including Hudson River School painters such as Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, John Frederick Kensett, Albert Bierstadt, and Jasper Francis Cropsey, to name a few.
The next stop for American Encounters will be at the High Museum of Art inAtlanta, where it will open on September 22 and run through January 6, 2013.