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“Landscape in a New World” showcases impressive Hudson River School paintings at the Honolulu Museum of Art!

Chelsea DeLay | September 5th, 2013 | Posted in Events and Exhibitions

Throughout the course of our country’s  history, American artists have taken it upon themselves to capture significant moments in time and transform them into definitive icons of the American identity. On view at the Honolulu Museum of Art through October 6, 2013, Landscape in a New World is an exciting exhibition that examines the intertwined relationship between cultural and political advancements occurring just before the turn of the century and the exploration and development of the American landscape. Drawing from the institution’s permanent collection, this exhibition highlights the impressive amount of  important of Hudson River School paintings that are hung within the Honolulu Museum of Art.

The thematic organization of Landscape in a New World allows audiences to experience a visual history of the United States that explores nineteenth-century topics including Western expansion, the shift towards an industrial economy, and how life in America changed after the Civil War.  Sublime views and dramatic vistas by Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran glorify the natural beauty of the American landscape, while exotic scenes by Frederic Edwin Church, Jules Tavernier, and Lionel Walden reflect the explorative spirit possessed by many of the Hudson River School artists. The atmospheric perspective seen in paintings by George Inness and Edward Mitchell Banniester demonstrate a distinctly American interpretation of the French Barbizon School.  Landscape in a New World is an excellent show that highlights an important period of American painting when both a nation and its artists discovered their identities.

 

George Inness, Sunset on the Passaic, 1891. Oil on canvas. Honolulu Museum of Art. Purchase, 1970 (3698.1)

George Inness, Sunset on the Passaic, 1891. Oil on canvas. Honolulu Museum of Art. Purchase, 1970 (3698.1)

 

Thomas Moran, The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Wyoming. 1904. Oil on canvas. Honolulu Museum of Art. Gift of the Bank of Hawaii, 1970 (3701.1

Thomas Moran, The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Wyoming. 1904. Oil on canvas. Honolulu Museum of Art. Gift of the Bank of Hawaii, 1970 (3701.1

 

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.