Questions on the Hudson River School of Painting


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Questions on the Hudson River School of Painting
I. View on Catskill, Early Autumn by Thomas Cole
1. Thomas Cole was implying that this scene was a wild landscape that was unmarred by the advances of industry and humankind in many ways. That this “scene was lost forever” implies that he had captured the wild landscape of New York before it was overcome by human advancement.
2. Cole appears to have painted this piece on a hill or higher elevation. This provides the viewer with a prime position to be drawn into the valley that lies below, as well as to see the golden mountains in the distance. This epic perspective provides a deeper and more penetrating view of the Catskills than would be seen by the woman below by the river.
3. The scene...
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..... that is untainted by humankind. In this case, he brings beams of light downward over the land, Justas many Hudson river School painters did as peers of this painting style.
4. The presence of a small rustic house and two persons enjoying the scenery amongst their livestock reflects the frontier farmer lifestyle. Cropsey uses these images because he was hired by a farmer to paint this landscape.
Works Cited
Carr, Gerald. Frederic Edwin Church: Romantic Landscapes and Seascapes. New York:
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Ferber, Linda S. The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision. New York: Skira Rizzoli, 2009.
Milhouse, Barbara Babcock. American Wilderness: The Story of the Hudson River School of Painting. New York: Black Dome Press Corp, 2007.