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- The American Landscape Tradition
- America the Beautiful: City & Landscape Scenes of America’s Terrain
- The Hudson River School
- Nineteenth Century American Landscapes in the Hudson River School
- Romantic Landscape in America
- American Landscapes
- Working as a Museum without Walls
- Landscape Painters, National Parks, and the American West in Art
- 8 Contemporary Landscape Painters Pushing the Genre Forward
The American Landscape Tradition
The exhibition features more than works of art from the colonial period to the present. When landscape artist Thomas Cole visited New Hampshire's White Mountains in the summer of , he sketched the telling signs of deforestation and human encroachment on a once-pristine wilderness. But his final painting depicted a relatively unspoiled tableau, featuring rich forests and weather-blasted trunks.
Cole employed a bit of 19th-century photoshopping to edit out signs of development. He dialed up the scenic foliage and blurred the signs of human habitation — houses, barns, roads. His paintings spoke of a world where humans and nature could coexist. Artists do more than reproduce the world around us. They also, for reasons from artistic to commercial to ideological, shape our perspective on the environment and our relationship with it. The exhibition, which is accompanied by faculty panels, public lectures and gallery tours, brings together more than pieces of American art to tell the story of ecological change in the North America over years of history.
It is on view through Jan. In addition, a number of public events are planned, including a faculty panel, public lectures from leading environmentalist authors, and gallery tours and talks. Through the selection of works on display and an accompanying page catalog, the exhibition addresses how artists in America have interpreted the environment over the centuries — from the era of exploration and colonialism through U.
The show also features recent artists whose work exposes environmental injustice and the global scale of environmental change. Fairchild '24 Professor of English — which explores a diverse literary tradition encompassing survival sagas, pioneer stories, adventure tales and more — include a visit to the exhibition.
When European colonists arrived in North America, massive trees covered the land. Risks abounded, from swamps and new diseases to conflicts with indigenous peoples. Yet the continent was also bountiful with fish, game and timber. Early works, published in the s to attract colonists, depicted the continent as a peaceful and orderly land just waiting to be colonized.
Throughout the colonial period, the subjugation of the environment and its aboriginal population was rarely portrayed in works of art. Landscapes, when they did exist, appeared as the backgrounds of wealthy colonists' portraits and consisted of manicured gardens and serene vistas. By the s, however, American sentiment was changing. Many in the U. A painting style known as "picturesque" then popular in Europe and America imposed order on wild nature while preserving its beauty. Artists placed rocks and trees in the foreground of the painting to give a sense of depth.
The vistas unfurled in a logical, stepwise progression, with water bodies, promontories and mountains stretching into the distance. American landscape painters, especially those in the group known as the Hudson River School because of their style and focus on upstate New York, embraced the picturesque. Long after the style grew out of fashion in Europe — replaced by a more realistic depiction of nature — it continued in the works of American artists, including in Western landscapes such as those by Thomas Moran, whose painting "The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone" celebrated the nation's first national park in and was later used to attract tourists and settlers.
Through their very materials, artistic works embody environments. One item Igoe examined, with help from materials scientists, was an 18th-century chest of drawers crafted in Philadelphia. Ornate and regal, the chest is made of mahogany from Jamaica, brass drawer pulls from England, American tulip poplar and white cedar framing, and varnish from North Africa.
The team determined that the mahogany had come from Jamaica in the mids, when European colonists used slaves to clear forests and build sugar plantations.
Art has the power to help us understand the environment — to take scientific data and turn it into "emotional data," said Rob Nixon , Princeton's Thomas A.
It is a photo of a decaying corpse of a baby albatross, its insides stuffed full with plastic bottle caps that its mother scooped up from the miles of floating detritus in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and ladled into its hungry chick's beak. The image contrasts the revered values of nourishment and procreation against the practices of today's throw-away society. Nixon said that images like these help the public make sense of complex issues like pollution, climate change, habitat loss and food security.
I see that as very much germane to the spirit of this project. The United States is itself a planetary creation: Built with labor shipped across the sea, its colonies founded to supply natural resources, the country later became the world's consumer and continues to draw people from around the world.
Borders cannot constrain the spread of pollution, climate change or endangered species. Nor can borders contain human populations. Artists' interpretations of nature and nation have evolved since the days when Thomas Cole covered up human impact on the environment.
Kusserow and Braddock hope that by exposing the historical and present-day ways in which art imagines the environment, they can encourage the public conversation around issues of environmental preservation and justice. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. After its premiere at Princeton Oct. View main article. Jump to main content. New beginnings Art has the power to help us understand the environment — to take scientific data and turn it into "emotional data," said Rob Nixon , Princeton's Thomas A.
America the Beautiful: City & Landscape Scenes of America’s Terrain
Imagine yourself amidst the scenery of 42 lush landscape paintings by Corot, Inness, Monet, Sargent, Sisley and many others. Enjoy the forests of Fontainebleau, New England pastures and woodland streams, bustling market squares, city parks and harbor sides. Featuring paintings from the Museum's collection, Paths to Impressionism traces the evolving styles of the Barbizon and Impressionist movements, explores the artists' changing attitudes about nature, and explains the indelible connection New Englanders have felt with this style of art. Friends of the Worcester Art Museum may recognize some favorites in this exhibition, and there's lots new to enjoy: rediscovered works of art, paintings on view for the first time in decades, recently conserved paintings and frames, and wonderful behind-the-scenes stories. Escape to the Museum for a day, and lose yourself in the imagery of some of Worcester's greatest treasures. An exhibition catalogue, written by guest curator Dr. Elizabeth Johns, is available in the Museum Shop.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, USA. American Artists Out West. When the United States acquired western territories like.
The Hudson River School
Our June 13 sale of American Art features an impressive selection of city, landscape and coastal scenes. Bishop consistently found herself moved by the city often painting urban scenes of Union Square, near where the Fourteenth Street School was located, and, of course, the skyline. Featured in the sale is a loosely rendered painting of New York City seen from the water. Additional highlights include Guy C. Ruth Monro Augur is best known for her depictions of life in the Great Plains during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. In the early s she won a Works Progress Administration commission to paint murals in the county courthouse at Enid, Oklahoma. Hughie Lee-Smith turned to the seashore for inspiration during his mid-career period—a continued exploration of modern, existential landscapes. Sign up here for our newsletter and we'll keep you updated. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Nineteenth Century American Landscapes in the Hudson River School
The exhibition of 40 paintings from the Metropolitan's renowned Department of Modern Art portrays American scenery as both a literal place and as a symbol of personal and social struggle. The Met has a long history, though, of sending great art to Albany, having contributed several exhibitions to the State Museum before the Fleet Great Art Series began in FebruaryThe paintings glorify the natural world, are imbued with the unique character of our cities and speak to a very American way of looking at the world. The exhibition pieces together a region-by-region map of the U. It also traces the emergence of industry.
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Romantic Landscape in America
Many American painters of the late 19th century withdrew from cities to the pristine beauty of forests, rivers, and rural life. Meanwhile, in Europe, romanticism was giving way to a new, realistic approach to landscape. For these artists, landscape was less about the Garden of Eden than the literal beauty of nature. The romantic idea of landscape survived longer in the United States, but some artists took the direction of their European counterparts, producing landscapes that were more intimate than epic, more natural than dramatic. These realist landscape painters created views of pristine rivers, forests, and rural life that were beautifully composed and rendered, though less utopian.
Winthrop Chandler — is the first known American artist to paint American landscapes that have survived. The artists who painted American landscapes prior to Chandler are either unknown, were not born in America, or if they were, did not paint American scenes. Winthrop Chandler was the great-grandson of Deacon John Chandler — , one of the founders, in , along with the Gore and the Ruggles families, of Woodstock, Connecticut. His father, Captain William Chandler — , was a surveyor and farmer, and his mother, Jemima Bradbury Chandler — , was a descendant of Massachusetts Governors Winthrop and Dudley. He was the youngest of ten children and seven years old when his father died. A history of Worcester states that Chandler studied the art of painting in Boston, but there are no records to indicate where or with whom he studied. He married Mary Gleason of Dudley, Massachusetts, in , and they had five sons and two daughters.
American artist Georgia Totto O'Keeffe () is well-known for her paintings of New Mexico landscapes, as well as her works depicting.
Working as a Museum without Walls
Thomas Cole, Kaaterskill Falls ,American landscape paintings from the 19 th Century can often appear as mere depictions of a scene found in nature. However, brimming under the service of these works are political messages, religious philosophies, and historic insights into American expansionism.
Landscape Painters, National Parks, and the American West in Art
To watch a recording of the October 28th symposium hosted in conjunction with this exhibition, American Landscapes: Nature, Beauty, History , click here. To watch a recording of the exhibition opening reception, click here. Click here for recordings of past events. American Landscapes is the first major exhibition at the David C.
One of the famous landscape paintings by Thomas Cole.
8 Contemporary Landscape Painters Pushing the Genre Forward
Landscape painting and natural history go hand-in-hand. There have been five places across the United States where this marriage of art and nature especially flourished. Knowledge in art is the power behind the hand-work… I must know the geology. I must know the rocks and the trees and the atmosphere and the mountain torrents and the birds that fly in the blue ether above me. The Hudson River Valley and the surrounding mountains Catskills and Adirondacks was where the movement was born, but artists like Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt took the ideas and techniques of the Hudson River School in their expeditions westward.
American th Century Landscape Painting. Crocker Art Museum. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.