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American Wilderness: The Story of the Hudson River School of Painting

American Wilderness: The Story of the Hudson River School of Painting

By Barbara Babcock Millhouse

In the form of anecdotes about the lives and experiences of the central characters, American Wilderness: The Story of the Hudson River School of Painting brings to life this movement’s history in a vibrant and enjoyable way. Easy to engage with, the book includes over forty color reproductions of the Hudson River School’s most famous works. The book brings to life the various painters, sculptors, and writers who sought to create an American identity. Barbara Millhouse is the main force behind Winston-Salem’s Reynolda House of American Art in North Carolina.

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A Wilder Image Bright: Hudson River School Paintings From The Manoogian Collection

A Wilder Image Bright: Hudson River School Paintings From The Manoogian Collection

By Kevin Sharp

A Wilder Image Bright: Hudson River School Paintings from the Manoogian Collection is a companion book to the 2004 exhibition of images from the collection of Richard and Jane Manoogian at the Vero Beach Museum of Art in South Florida. The name of the catalog and exhibition, “A Wilder Image Bright,” comes from poet William Cullen Bryant’s sonnet to Hudson River School painter and leader Thomas Cole. The last couplet goes as follows: “Gaze on them, till the tears shall dim thy sight/ But keep that earlier, wilder image bright.” As Cole set sail for Europe, Bryant was reminding him to stay true to the infinite possibilites of America’s wilderness and spirit. The book contains images by over twenty artists including paintings by Henry Inman, Jasper Cropsey, Frederic E. Church, George Inness, Sanford Gifford, Martin Johnson Heade, Albert Bierstadt, William Stanley Haseltine, and Thomas Moran.

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This Tranquil Land: Hudson River Paintings from the Hersen Collection

This Tranquil Land: Hudson River Paintings from the Hersen Collection

By William Kloss

Released in association with an exhibition at the Frye Museum of Seattle, This Tranquil Land is a catalog of the exhibited private collection of the Hersen family.

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The Hudson River School

The Hudson River School

By Louise Minks

Louise Minks describes the Hudson River School in this smaller sized book, focusing only on twenty-five artists central to the movement. Despite its lack of depth, the book gives a good history and overview of the Hudson River School from its formative stages through its maturity and decline. The book contains 80 color plates that convey the breathtaking landscapes of the Hudson River School artists.

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Hudson River School: Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Hudson River School: Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

By Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Amy Ellis, and Maureen Miesmer

Published in association with the Wadsworth Antheneum Museum of Art, Hudson River School: Masterworks features fifty-seven prominent artists of the movement. The book showcases the museum’s fine and expansive collection of paintings that have been collected since its founding in 1844 by Daniel Wadsworth, who maintained a life-long friendship with painter Thomas Cole. This collection of images is reproduced fully in color with descriptions for each image and artists biographies for more information.

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Different Views in Hudson River School Painting

Different Views in Hudson River School Painting

By Judith O'Toole and Arnold Skolnick

This collection reflects the period of American landscape painting between 1825 and 1875. The text narrates the history and movement of the art of this period and also attempts to explain the various meanings- artistic, historical and spiritual- of the accompanying images. John Paul Driscoll writes in his preface that “In O’Toole’s exhibition and thoughtful text, we gain a special insight inherent in the era and imagery of our first native style of art.” The book includes over 100 images of various paintings that were exhibited alongisde the publishing of this book at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

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The Hudson River School: American Landscape Artists

The Hudson River School: American Landscape Artists

By Bert D. Yaeger

This is an overview of the artists related to and part of the Hudson River School, the first art movement of America. This is an authoritative text giving the history and highlights of the movement.

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All That Is Glorious Around Us: Paintings from the Hudson River School

All That Is Glorious Around Us: Paintings from the Hudson River School

By John Paul Driscoll

All That Is Glorious Around Us: Paintings from the Hudson River School is an expansive collection of images and essays on painters of the Hudson River School. Driscoll does an excellent job at capturing the fervor and ideas behind this American movement in art. The book contains seventy-eight images, many of which have rarely been reprinted. Artists featured include the figureheads of the movement, such as Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, John Frederick Knesett, alongside lesser known artists who demonstrated skill on levels comparable to the more well known artists. Driscoll’s catalog is an indispensable addition to anyone interested in knowing anything and everything about the Hudson River School.

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