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The Oxbow, by Thomas Cole, a noted Hudson River School artist. American Art. Early American Art. Most of early American art (from the late 18th century through the early 19th century) consists of history painting and portraits. Paul Revere by John Singleton Copley (1768).

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The oxbow by thomas cole a noted hudson river school artist

The Oxbow, by Thomas Cole, a noted Hudson River School artist

American Art


Early american art

Early American Art

  • Most of early American art (from the late 18th century through the early 19th century) consists of history painting and portraits.


Paul revere by john singleton copley 1768

Paul Revereby John Singleton Copley (1768)


Thomas jefferson by charles wilson peale 1791

Thomas Jeffersonby Charles Wilson Peale (1791)


Battle of bunker hill by john trumbull 1786

Battle of Bunker Hill by John Trumbull (1786)


Romanticism

Romanticism

  • Stressed creativity and emotion

  • Inspired by nature

    • The American wilderness

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    • “Paul Revere’s Ride”


The oxbow by thomas cole a noted hudson river school artist

Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Wanted American to "ignore the courtly Muses of Europe“

  • Define a distinct vision for American art.

  • Did not want Americans to rely on the Europeans

  • Part of the Transcendentalist movement


The oxbow by thomas cole a noted hudson river school artist

Hudson River School

  • Founded by Asher Durand

  • Influenced by Romanticism and Emerson’s call for a distinct vision for American art.

  • Painted lush landscapes

    • Many traveled west for inspiration


Asher durand

Asher Durand

  • 1791 – 1886

  • Founder of the Hudson River School

    "Let [the artist] scrupulously accept whatever [nature] presents him until he shall, in a degree, have become intimate with her infinity...never let him profane her sacredness by a willful departure from truth."

Self Portrait


The oxbow by thomas cole a noted hudson river school artist

“Kindred Spirits”


Thomas cole

Thomas Cole

  • 1801 – 1848

Self Portrait


Frederic church

Frederic Church

1826 – 1900


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The oxbow by thomas cole a noted hudson river school artist

Natural

Bridge


John james audobon

John James Audobon

  • Drew birds, mammals, plants, and other subjects of nature

    • Drew them as he floated down the Mississippi River

  • His Birds of America is the most important work on birds ever published

  • Today the Audubon Society continues his spirit of protecting birds and their habitats


Influential literature

Influential Literature…

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne- The Scarlet Letter

    • Inspired by the Witchcraft trials

  • Washington Irving- “Rip Van Winkle” & “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

    • First American writer to gain fame in Europe

  • Herman Melville- Moby Dick

    • Desire to kill a white whale

  • Edgar Allen Poe- “Murders in Rue Morgue”

    • Wrote the 1st detective stories

  • Walt Whitman- Leaves of Grass

    • Unrhymed poems about ordinary people


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