Thomas Cole, “Mountain Scenery,” circa 1827, oil on canvas, 22 x 17 in. © New York Historical Society, Robert L. Stuart Collection

A stunning array of works by the best painters of the Hudson River School compose a wonderful exhibition in our nation’s Midwest. Hurry up, however, as it’s only on view for a few more weeks! Details here!

The Wichita Art Museum in Kansas has an amazing exhibition on view through April 30. Titled “The Poetry of Nature,” the show features an impressive number of masterpieces from the Hudson River School of artists, including paintings by (among others) Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, John Kensett, and Albert Bierstadt. The paintings are on loan from the New York Historical Society and “reflect some of the prized examples from this landmark moment in American art,” the museum writes.

“The Hudson River School is pivotal in American cultural history, because the art represents the first formulation of a specifically American artistic expression. The group rose to eminence during the first half of the 19th century, as this circle of artists — together with like-minded poets and writers — forged a self-consciously American landscape vision and literary voice. They were grounded in the natural world as a resource for spiritual renewal and as an expression of cultural and national identity. The pristine, virgin forest — wild and untamed by civilization — served as a rich metaphor for American democracy and the New World. As the school emerged and rose to prominence, the Hudson River along with the Catskill, Adirondack, and White mountains provided the early subjects for their ambitious landscape paintings.”

To learn more, visit The Wichita Art Museum.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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