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Part of The American Wing
Asher Brown Durand (American, Jefferson, New Jersey 1796–1886 Maplewood, New Jersey)
Date: 1850Accession Number: 11.156
Thomas Cole (American, Lancashire 1801–1848 Catskill, New York)
Date: 1833Accession Number: 04.29.2
Date: 1845Accession Number: 15.30.59
Date: 1836Accession Number: 08.228
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The term Hudson River School, first used in the 1870s as a dismissive epithet, is now generally accepted as an appropriate description of the dominant artistic vision that held sway in the United States from 1825 until 1875. The original, loosely knit group of artists and writers rose to prominence in New York City during the early nineteenth century. With Thomas Cole as their leader, they created an American landscape vision based on the exploration of nature, seen as a resource for spiritual renewal and an expression of cultural and national identity. The first painter to portray America in its wilderness state, Cole, with his early views of the Northeast, inspired successive generations of artists to embrace heroic landscape subjects grounded in the notion that what defined Americans was their relationship with the land.
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