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Understanding the Landscape of Upstate through the Hudson River School

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  • The Hudson River School was an American artistic movement of the mid-nineteenth century.
    This group of artists embodied the spirit of the United States through landscape
    painting. At the forefront of the visual dialogue articulated by these works is the eternal
    relationship between man and land. Heavily influenced by Romanticism, these painters
    captured the complexities of nature through depictions of the Catskills, Adirondacks,
    White Mountains, New England, the American West, South America, and even the
    Southern Tier. Many of the artists represented in this exhibit were influential figures in
    New York City and founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These landscape
    paintings are referred to as the first movement in American painting and present the
    dynamic growth and development of the nation.

    The paintings in this show derive from a local private collection. These images of
    landscape encompass the styles and subject matters traditional for the Hudson River
    School. This exhibit introduces the movement through three rotations of landscape
    painting. The first presents prominent figures of the movement whose paintings are
    represented in museum collections across the country. The second deals with the themes
    of the Beautiful and the Sublime, otherwise known as that which has the potential to
    aesthetically please and evoke terror. The third focuses upon the ideal American pastoral
    landscape through images of farms. While seemingly different, each group expresses
    themes promoted by the artists of the Hudson River School and displays imagery which
    has created a foundation for the aesthetic history of the United States.

    Artists Represented in First Rotation: Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), Worthington
    Whittredge (1820-1910), John Frederick Kensett (1816-1872), Christopher Pearse Cranch
    (1813-1892), Jervis McEntee (1828-1891), Benjamin Champney (1817-1907)

Bundy Museum of History & Art
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  • Binghamton, NY 13905