Hudson River School Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Amy Ellis, Maureen Miesmer

Publication date:
10 Sep 2003
Yale University Press
180 pages: 305 x 241mm
34 b-w + 67 color illus.
Sales territories:
Not for sale in Germany


A breathtaking selection of works from the largest and finest collection of Hudson River paintings in the world

Hudson River School paintings are among America’s most admired and well-loved artworks. Such artists as Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Albert Bierstadt left a powerful legacy to American art, embodying in their epic works the reverence for nature and the national idealism that prevailed during the middle of the nineteenth century. This book features fifty-seven major Hudson River School paintings from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, recognized as the most extensive and finest in the world. Gorgeously and amply illustrated, the book includes paintings by all the major figures of the Hudson River School. Each work is beautifully reproduced in full color and is accompanied by a concise description of its significance and historical background. The book also includes artists’ biographies and a brief introduction to American nineteenth-century landscape painting and the Wadsworth Atheneum’s unique role in collecting Hudson River pictures.

Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser is deputy director, chief curator, and Krieble Curator of American Painting and Sculpture; Amy Ellis is assistant curator of American painting and sculpture; and Maureen Miesmer is curatorial assistant of American painting and sculpture, all at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

?Following a brief introduction by Kornhauser is the catalog proper, which is admirable in several ways. Famous artists are mixed with more obscure ones. Each receives a biographical sketch and?where available?a portrait of the artist is shown. Best of all, the illustrations are huge and gloriously colorful. A number of the paintings have seldom if ever been reproduced so effectively. . . . The flawless quality of the color images adheres to Yale University Press?s high standards.??Choice

?The lovely paintings and informative text make this a most enjoyable book.??Northeastern Naturalist