The Hudson River School American Art 1820-1870 Donna M. Campbell, Washington State University Note: Unfortunately, this slide show does not work well in Firefox. Use Internet Explorer if you want to see all the pictures and notes. Background: pre-1825 Portraiture European influence
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American Art 1820-1870
Donna M. Campbell, Washington State University
Note: Unfortunately, this slide show does not work well in Firefox. Use Internet Explorer if you want to see all the pictures and notes.
Juxtaposition of elements
Use of panoramic views and small human figures to show immensity of nature and insignificance of human beings
Distant or elevated perspective for the viewer
Symbolic use of light and darkness
Contrast of diverse elements to show the unity of nature
be pure and lofty . . .a moral,
religious, or poetic effect
must be produced on the mind.”
Compare this painting with a photograph taken near the same spot in 2000.
Not of the Hudson River school
Created dreamlike, fanciful interpretations of literary scenes
Artisan-painter: uses bright, ornamental colors
Among the sources used:
E. P. Richardson, Painting in America
Ellwood C. Parry, Art of Thomas Cole
John K. Howatt, The Hudson River and Its Painters
General knowledge about Hudson River school
Burke, Kant, Longinus
Pictures are mostly from Sandra Hildreth’s site (used with permission)