Fawn's Leap | Hudson River School

The Catskills: Fawn’s Leap

Fawn’s Leap is the lowest and one of most painted waterfalls in Kaaterskill Clove. It was one of the favorite destinations of the Hudson River School painters. In Kindred Spirits, Asher B. Durand depicted landscape monuments from various and juxtaposing locations in his composition. For this painting, Durand placed Kaaterskill Falls and Fawn’s Leap together as the upper and lower waterfall, whereas in fact, they were in the general location of each other but not visible simultaneously. Fawn’s Leap was often portrayed as a sublime natural landmark, a sign of nature’s majesty and terrific might.

Asher B. Durand (1796–1886) Kindred Spirits, 1849
Oil on canvas, 44 x 36 inches
Collection Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR