Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Art and Nature: The Hudson River School
Opening January 8 and running through March 12, 2000, Art and Nature includes 27 paintings, dating from 1825 through the late 1870s by Hudson River artists known for their dramatic depictions of nature. Subjects range from sublime views of the wilderness to beautiful pastoral scenes to allegorical pictures with moral messages, all meant to celebrate the presence of God in nature. Artists include Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Frederic Edwin Church, Jasper F. Cropsey and George Inness, among many others.
Left to right: Asher B. Durand (1796-1886), Cathedral Ledge, White Mountains, oil on canvas, 1855; Thomas Cole (1801-1848), Ruined Tower, oil on composition board, c. 1832-36; William M. Hart (1823-1894), A Distant View of Albany, oil on canvas, 1848; Homer Dodge Martin (1836-1897), Storm King on the Hudson, oil on canvas, 1862
The works for Art and Nature: The Hudson River School are on loan from the Albany Institute of Arts, a museum located in the heart of the Hudson River valley of New York State. Founded in 1791, the museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the art, history and culture of the upper Hudson River valley from the 17th century to the present. The Albany Institute's holdings of fine and decorative arts form one of the finest regional museums in the United States. The exhibit is being toured by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services of Kansas City, MO.
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