The American West | Hudson River School

The American West: Introduction

The Hudson River School is often associated with landscape views of the Hudson River valley, the Catskills, Adirondacks, and White Mountains of New Hampshire. However, as the country expanded westward, the Hudson River School artists followed, taking part in the first explorations of the western territories and painting iconic scenes that still impact conceptions of America to this day. Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Great Plains were major subjects, while other painters ventured southward to Central and South America. Artists like Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran, equal part explorers, surveyors, and artists, were important early interpreters of the wild western landscapes, and are now associated with a loose grouping of artists sometimes referred to as the Rocky Mountain School of painting.