The Hudson River has inspired artists, giving its name to an American genre of paintings that came to define how the new nation saw itself in relation to the natural world.
In the first half of the nineteenth century, a group of painters working in New York City, together with like-minded poets and writers, developed a distinctly American vision of the landscape. Their powerful interpretations of American scenery, which came to be known as the Hudson River School, tell the story of how landscape imagery can shape both national and cultural identity. These Hudson River School treasures from New-York Historicals outstanding collection are magnificently reproduced for our notecards. Included are 3 each of 5 images:
Albert Bierstadt, Donner Lake from the Summi, 1873
Thomas Cole, Catskill Creek, N. Y., 1845
Thomas Hill, View of the Yosemite Valley, in California, 1865
Goerge Innes, Hackensack Meadows, Sunset, 1859
John Frederick Kensett, Shrewsbury River, New Jersey, 1859
15 cards and 16 envelopes in a decorative box. Each card measures 5x 7
The Hudson River is much more than a body of water. The Hudson has been the home for humans and hundreds of species of fish, birds, and plants for centuries. Our exhibition, Hudson Rising, reflects on how human activity has impacted the river and, in turn, how the river environment has shaped art, industrial development, commerce, tourism, and environmental awareness. On view March 1 – August 2, 2019.