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.
One of the defining works of the Hudson River School of painting, Thomas Coles epic five-painting series The Course of Empire depicts the growth of a fictional civilization, from birth to power to ultimate demise. The guiding theme of Coles greatest work was the cyclical pattern of history. Cole elaborated his theme through the orchestration of established landscape aesthetics, and unified elements by the device of showing the same landscape through successive eras. This magnificent series is beautifully reproduced for our notecards. Included are 3 each of 5 images:The Savage State, ca. 1834
The Arcadian State, ca. 1834
Consummation of Empire, ca. 1835-36
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.