Hudson River School artists on display at Everhart

The Arts — By on April 1, 2007 at 2:14 pm

Three generations of artists and over 100 paintings will be on view when the Everhart Museum presents American Scenery: Different Views in Hudson River School Painting, a traveling exhibition organized by the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg. The exhibit opens to the public beginning May 4 and will continue on display through Sept. 2.

The Hudson River School, considered by many to be the first truly American school of painting, flourished between 1825 and 1875. The movement was embraced by three generations of artists who shared common principles uniting them as a school despite their individual differences in style. Primary among these was a belief in natural religion, a deep admiration for the magnificence of nature, and a keen interest in the direct observation of nature. Most importantly, however, was awareness of the fresh, untamed American scenery as reflective of the optimism and independence of our character as a young nation.

The exhibit features the work of key figures in the movement: Albert Bierstadt, Frederick Edwin Church, Thomas Cole, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Asher B, Durand, as well as women members Laura Woodward and Edith Wilkinson Cook and other accomplished but lesser known artists. Influenced by the ever-changing world around them, artists and works in “American Scenery” are organized according to nine themes, including “Times of Day,” “Weather Conditions, Atmosphere, and Mood,” “Man’s Impact on Nature,” and “The Machine in the Garden.” While at the Everhart, American Scenery will be complemented by selections from the museum’s own collection, including works by Thomas Cole, Herman Herzog, John Frederick Kensett, and William Trost Richards.

For more information on the museum visit www.everhart-museum.org or call 570-346-7186.

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