|Western Expansion||Unit 2|
|Benjamin West was under a marble slab in Westminster Abbey; Copley
had died in obscurity; Stuart was an old, angry semi-alcoholic in Boston. John Trumbull
hadn't painted well in 40 years. Then Trumbull stumbled across three canvases in the
window of a New York frame shop.
"This young man has done what all my life I attempted in vain to do." (Trumbull about Thomas Cole)
Cole and other artists of the Hudson River School recorded the beauty of the American wilderness. (At the beginning that wilderness was found in New York state.) The Hudson River School was not an institution of learning; it was a "school of thought" that focused on the beauty of nature. Neither was it limited to paintings of the Hudson River valley.
Others artists portrayed the rapidly-disappearing way of life along the western frontier.
nature (and paintings of nature) changed during the last half of the 19th Century because
|Hudson River / Nature
Asher B. Durand
John J. Audubon