Jasper Francis Cropsey

Jasper Francis Cropsey

Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823–1900) was born the son of a farmer in Rossville on Staten Island, New York. Trained as an architect, he set up an office in 1843. Cropsey studied watercolor and life drawing at the National Academy of Design under the instruction of Edward Maury and first exhibited there in 1844. A year later he was elected an associate member and turned exclusively to landscape painting. He traveled in Europe from 1847 to 1849, visiting England, France, Switzerland, and Italy. He was elected a full member of the Academy in 1851. He went abroad again in 1855, and resided seven years in London, sending his pictures to the Royal Academy and the International Exhibition of 1862. After returning home, he opened a studio in New York. Cropsey was a cofounder of the American Society of Painters in Water Colors, established in 1866. He moved to Hastings-on-Hudson in 1885. Cropsey specialized in autumnal landscapes, often enlivened with vivid colors, depicting the northeastern United States. His lifelong interest in architecture can be seen in his precise arrangement of forms and solid, balanced compositions. Cropsey’s autumn landscapes are characterized by their boldness, brilliance, and saturated color.


Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823–1900) Autumn Landscape, 1886
Oil on canvas, 12 3/16 x 20 1/16 inches
Signed and dated lower right: J. F. Cropsey 1886

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