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Hudson River school : masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Kornhauser, Elizabeth Mankin, 1950-
Publication Information:
New Haven : London :. Yale University Press in association with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, c2003.
Physical Description:
ix, 169 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
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Exhibition catalog.
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ND1351.5 .K67 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Hudson River School paintings are among America's most admired and well-loved artworks. Such artists as Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Albert Bierstadt left a powerful legacy to American art, embodying in their epic works the reverence for nature and the national idealism that prevailed during the middle of the nineteenth century. This book features fifty-seven major Hudson River School paintings from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, recognized as the most extensive and finest in the world.
Gorgeously and amply illustrated, the book includes paintings by all the major figures of the Hudson River School. Each work is beautifully reproduced in full color and is accompanied by a concise description of its significance and historical background. The book also includes artists' biographies and a brief introduction to American nineteenth-century landscape painting and the Wadsworth Atheneum's unique role in collecting Hudson River pictures.

Author Notes

Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser is deputy director, chief curator, and Krieble Curator of American Painting and Sculpture; Amy Ellis is assistant curator of American painting and sculpture; and Maureen Miesmer is curatorial assistant of American painting and sculpture, all at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

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Library Journal Review

American landscape painting in the mid-19th century came to embody the desires and hopes of a young and growing nation. In particular, the so-called Hudson River School of Painters became recognized as practitioners of the first truly national style of painting. Two new exhibition catalogs explore aspects of 19th-century American landscape painting from distinctly different viewpoints. George Inness and the Visionary Landscape accompanies an exhibition organized by the National Academy of Design Museum and is skillfully written by the show's guest curator. A Ph.D. candidate in art history at Columbia University, Bell concentrates on Inness's (1825-94) aspiration to "resolve" theology into the "scientific form" of landscape painting. Bell examines Inness's highly intellectual ideas of landscape painting and distills them down, examining several major influences: the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, Luminism, consciousness and stream-of-thought theories, and the science of geometric shapes and patterns. Bell's essay and catalog entries are fresh and illuminating, and the exhibition's 40 paintings from Inness's mid- to late career are beautifully reproduced. Both the book and the show are not to be missed. Hudson River School is an exhibition catalog that accompanies the Wadsworth Atheneum's collection as it travels across the country throughout 2004-06. The book contains an introductory essay, short artist biographies, and catalog entries ably written by Kornhauser (deputy director & chief curator, Wadsworth Atheneum), as well as full-color reproductions of each of the 57 paintings in the show. While the Wadsworth Atheneum's collection of Hudson River School paintings is certainly impressive and includes over 25 paintings by Bierstadt, Church, and Cole, this work adds little to the two-volume American Paintings Before 1945 in the Wadsworth Atheneum, penned by Kornhauser in 1996. Best suited to public libraries that do not own the earlier collection catalog.-Kraig A. Binkowski, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

A patron to many artists, Daniel Wadsworth founded his Atheneum in 1844, famous today for its virtually unparalleled collection of Hudson River School paintings, including 13 Thomas Coles and 11 Frederic Churches. Two major publications have already treated this material, The Hudson River School, compiled by Theodore Stebbins (1976), and director Kornhauser's American Paintings before 1945 in the Wadsworth Atheneum (CH, Jun'97). The current volume is a catalog to a traveling exhibition. Following a brief introduction by Kornhauser is the catalog proper, which is admirable in several ways. Famous artists are mixed with more obscure ones. Each receives a biographical sketch and--where available--a portrait of the artist is shown. Best of all, the illustrations are huge and gloriously colorful. A number of the paintings have seldom if ever been reproduced so effectively, including Jacob Ward's moody Wolf in the Glen. The flawless quality of the color images adheres to Yale University Press's high standards. Catalogs often have text that prosaically explicates the pictures by describing what we can readily see and offering generalities as larger context. Even in this very good book there are a few passages of this kind. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; graduate students; faculty and researchers. W. B. Maynard Johns Hopkins University