Understanding the Landscape of Upstate through the Hudson River School

  • Binghamton, Capital-Saratoga
  • Jun 02, 2017 – Aug 31, 2017
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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)

  • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Admission: $7 general / $5 students and seniors, 10 & under free.
  • 129 Main St
    Binghamton, NY 13905
  • 607 772 9179
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