Hudson River Museum

Yonkers, NY


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Living with Landscapes: Paintings from Private Collections


Mid-19th and early 20th century American paintings from private collections are featured in Living with Landscapes: Paintings from Private Collections at The Hudson River Museum, through December 30, 2001. The exhibition includes works by Sanford Gifford, Hugh Bolton Jones, Homer Dodge Martin, Maurice Prendergast and Chauncey Ryder. Artists from Westchester in the show are James Renwick Brevoort, Edward Gay, Anders Kaeyer, and Bayard Tyler.

With increasing industrialization in the late 19th century, there arose a deep nostalgia for unspoiled nature and a strong sense of national pride in America's pristine wilderness areas. Artists were attracted to places like the Catskills, Lake George, the Adirondacks and the White Mountains, which were an easy trip from New York City. The collectors of landscapes from the turn of the 20th-century bring the outdoors inside, living with works that hold a central place in American art. Surrogates of nature, the paintings show the natural environment, then largely untouched. With the loss of wilderness areas and the rise of the preservation movement, these landscapes continue to fascinate. (left: Maurice Prendergast, Farm House in New England, c. 1915, watercolor, pastel and pencil on paper, 19 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches, Private collection)

Among the paintings in Living with Landscapes is Homer Dodge Martin's oil painting A Wilderness Pool, a classic Hudson River School scene that shows Martin's interest in the dramatic elements of wilderness scenery. The work's vertical format emphasizes the drama of the crevice and the waterfall. While the location is unknown, it was most likely in the Adirondacks. Works such as Martin's were sketched outdoors and then painted a few months later in New York City studios. Another painting, Maurice Prendergast's watercolor Farm House in New England, shows his tendency to flatten forms and use bright colors and lively, intricate patterns. His brushstrokes are broken up in a decorative way.

The exhibition was organized by Laura Vookles, Curator of Collections.

Read more in Resource Library Magazine about the Hudson River Museum.

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

This page was originally published in Resource Library Magazine. Please see Resource Library's Overview section for more information. rev. 6/3/11

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