Analysis Of The En Plein Air Paintings By William Cullen Bryant

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During the 19th century, the en plein-air paintings were introduced to many artists. Since that,natural light became particular important to the Hudson River School. Also, art and literature were constantly entwined, such as American Romanticism. Significant individuals became familiar with one another’s work, resulting in inspiration that led to creative works that pay homage to another artists’ work. For instance, Asher Brown Durand’s Landscape-Scene From “Thanatopsis” was inspired by the romantic poet William Cullen Bryant, whose work was influenced by the multifaceted cultural creations. Both Bryant and Durand investigated the themes of men, nature, individualism, and the inner and after lives. Through detailing natural elements that emphasized the life cycle, Durand created literary art by paying tributed to Bryant’s “Thanatopsis”. Asher Brown Durand was an American painter, one of the founders of the Hudson River School of landscape paintings. He was born in 1796, New Jersey, USA. He died in 1886. He used to be an engraver. He illustrated gift books and annuals, and engraved a popular series of 72 portraits of antemproary Americans. In 1840, he visited Europe to study the works of old masters. After he returned, he went to Adirondack Mountain with Thomas Cole to do the en plein-air painting. Because of this experience, it changed the rest of Asher’s life. He changed into painting creative. Under the influence of his fellow artists, Durand turned more attention…
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