Hudson River School | Worthy of the Ages

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.

America’s first homegrown artistic movement, the Hudson River School endures as the foundation of American landscape painting and continues to be beloved by collectors and critics. Although it may receive less coverage in the media than contemporary art today, it remains at the core of important private and museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum.

In addition to the extensive collection on view, Worthy of the Ages features a special highlight of the Tenth Street Studio building. Built in 1857 at 15 Tenth Street, it was the first designated collaborative artist space in the United States. The Tenth Street Studio quickly became the unofficial headquarters of the Hudson River School; Bierstadt, Gifford, Jervis McEntee, and Worthington Whittredge all had studios in the building.

In the words of gallery owner Lou Salerno, “the paintings of the Hudson River School remind us of the solitude found on walks in majestic woods, the splendor visible from mountain tops, and the simple joy of a picnic in a pristine field. Each of us was born with the innate ability to experience the restorative pleasures these works provide, without the need for scholarly explanation.”

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William Trost Richards (1833–1905), Off Conanicut, Newport, 1904, oil on canvas, 34 x 60 inches, signed and dated lower right: WM. T. Richards. 04.

To request a copy of the exhibition catalogue, Worthy of the Ages: Important Hudson River School Paintings, visit our website at www.questroyalfineart.com/publications.

Worthy of the Ages: Important Hudson River School Paintings
Questroyal Fine Art, LLC
Through April 8

Jenny Lyubomudrova received a B.A. in European studies and art history from Barnard College, Columbia University. Her primary interest lies in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century painting. Jenny joins Questroyal with experience in fine and decorative art from two international auction houses in New York. She is fluent in Russian.