The Hudson River: Storm King

Storm King Mountain range extends along the west bank of the Hudson River to the south of Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York. The summit of the mountain reaches approximately 1,340 feet above sea level. With Breakneck Ridge on the opposite riverbank it forms Wind Gate, or “Wey-Gat,” the gateway to the Hudson Highlands. Its distinctive curved ridge is the most prominent aspect of the southern view and was depicted by numerous early artists of the Hudson River School. Storm King on the Hudson (1866), one of Samuel Colman’s best known paintings, depicts a rousing river scene at the foot of the mountain. The scene reveals the contact between teeming human industries and wild nature in the nineteenth century, all under sublime light and cloud effects.


Samuel Colman (1832–1920) Storm King on the Hudson, 1866
Oil on canvas, 32⅛ x 59⅞ inches
Collection Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.20