Hudson River School Address Book
Breaking with the European tradition of serene and harmonious landscape painting, a group of American artists led by British-born Thomas Cole presented the American wilderness as a place of rough majesty, where tiny human figures are dwarfed by mountains, forests, and waterfalls. The northern reaches of the Hudson River had long been a favorite destination for vacationers. Indeed, a number of painters had rendered the Hudson Valley before Cole’s famous first visit in 1825, and Washington Irving published his famous “Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” set in the valley, in 1820. Three decades later, Irving recalled the neighboring Catskill Mountains as “part wild, woody, and rugged; part softened away into all the graces of cultivation,” words that suggest the emotional breadth of the paintings of the Hudson River School. The achievement of the loose affiliation of painters, many of whom never met each other, extended far beyond the shores of the Hudson. Cole traveled to Sicily and painted a hoary, smoking Etna; Alfred Bierstadt painted the Rockies; Martin Johnson Heade famously painted hummingbirds in Brazil. Whether the mood is serene or tempestuous, what unites these artists is a precision, an attention to light, and a commitment to evoking strong emotions through landscape.
Hardcover with hidden Wire-O binding
Case size: 7 x 8¼ in.
124 pages, with 40 full-color reproductions; up to 480 entries
Sections divided by alphabetical tabs. Letter pairs EF; IJ; QR; and XYZ share tabs. Each information page contains six contact blocks with space for the following: