American Wilderness: The Story of the Hudson River School of Painting

American Wilderness: The Story of the Hudson River School of Painting

by Barbara Babcock Millhouse
     
 

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More than 40 full-color reproductions of some of their greatest paintings illustrate this historical overview of the Hudson River School of landscape painting and the lives and works of artists Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Asher Durand, Sanford Gifford, Albert Bierstadt, Jasper Cropsey, Worthington Whittredge, William Merritt Chase, Martin Johnson Heade, John

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More than 40 full-color reproductions of some of their greatest paintings illustrate this historical overview of the Hudson River School of landscape painting and the lives and works of artists Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Asher Durand, Sanford Gifford, Albert Bierstadt, Jasper Cropsey, Worthington Whittredge, William Merritt Chase, Martin Johnson Heade, John Frederick Kensett, George Inness, and other American landscape painters who created a new-and quintessentially American-style of art in the early and mid-19th century. Inspired first by the pastoral Hudson River Valley and the rugged wilderness of the Catskill Mountains, many of these artists then ventured forth to capture unspoiled scenes of the American West, New England, or South America. This critical history and intimate look at the lives of the artists features a foreword by Kevin Avery, Associate Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is set in a beautifully designed oversized volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883789572
Publisher:
Black Dome Press, Corporation
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
194
Sales rank:
827,325
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are saying about this

Kevin J. Avery
"Books devoted to the Hudson River School today are legion, but none that I know quite performs the service that this one does, and so entertainingly. . . . For all, it relates the social dimension of the New York landscape painting phenomenon as no other book that I know has yet done so purposefully. Novices will be borne along by a well-paced narrative of artistic enterprise and community; specialists will be gratified by the encapsulation between two covers of an aesthetic movement they have theretofore conceptualized from a host of artist monographs and exhibition catalogues."--(Kevin J. Avery, Associate Curator, Department of American Paintings and Sculpture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Elliot S. Vesell
"Entertaining, skillfully presented, highly readable retelling of the fascinating story of America's first native school of art, the Hudson River School, from its rise in 1825 with the transforming landscapes of Thomas Cole, the founder, who succeeded in capturing the sublime qualities of American nature, to its broad dissemination and great popularity through the work of many subsequent practitioners including Church, Durand, Gifford, Kensett, Whittredge, Bierstadt, and Heade, to its decline around 1875 when other styles prevailed. Because of its charm, excellent scholarship and beautiful illustrations, Millhouse's fine book should be widely read and appreciated by those interested in American art. I recommend it enthusiastically."--(Elliot S. Vesell, M.D., ScD., Evan Pugh Professor, Penn State College of Medicine, editor of The Life and Works of Thomas Cole by Louis Legrand Noble)
David Barnes
"I simply couldn't put it down. American Wilderness brings to life this unique moment in our nation's cultural development when painters, poets, sculptors and writers all shared the common purpose of creating an American identity, and the public eagerly looked for them to provide it. It is a rare combination: a sweeping historical account (covering the better part of a century) of the first American art movement, and also a thrilling read, cinematic in scope and intensity."--(David Barnes, Board of Governors, Cedar Grove, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site)

Meet the Author

Barbara Babcock Millhouse has been the driving force behind the Reynolda House collection of American art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Recently retired, she has served as chairman of the board of directors of Reynolda House since its inception in 1965. She co-authored American Originals; Selections from Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, a catalog for a traveling exhibition sponsored by the American Federation of Arts. She is a graduate of Smith College and Parsons School of Design, and lives in New York City.

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