The Hudson RIver School Of Artist Essay

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The Hudson River School









The Hudson River school represents the first native genre of distinctly American art. The school began to produce art works in the early 1820s; comprised of a group of loosely organized painters who took as their subject the unique naturalness of the undeveloped American continent, starting with the Hudson River region in New York, but eventually extending through space and time all the way to California and the 1870s. During the period, that the school’s artists were active (c. 1820-1870) the nation was in the process of undergoing momentous political, social, and economic change. The works that the Hudson River School painters comprised reflected the changes that were taking place across the
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Man’s small stature implies a harmony with nature as well as his place in God’s larger plan. The artists use the physical geology of America to show the vast differences between Europe and America they do this in the form of mountains.
To Cole, the sky represented “the soul of all scenery”, the truly sublime in the landscape as well as spirituality.
The lack of ruins was one of the surest signs that America was both young and new and free of the corruption of monarchy. The corruption of monarchy was implied by the presence of ruins on the landscape. Cole wrote, “You see no ruined tower to tell of outrage - no gorgeous temple to speak of ostentation; but freedom’s offspring - peace security, and happiness, dwell there, the spirits of the scene.”
Storms had several different meanings. While they would eventually come to represent both the coming sectional crisis and tension over the encroaching technology that was threatening the landscape, their original purpose was to represent the dark and violent side of Mother Nature.
Trees came to be thought of as the true hero’s of Hudson River art, thus is expressed in this quote from Cole. “They are like men...they exhibit striking peculiarities, and sometimes grand originality.” The trees of the American landscape have a primitive quality that sets them apart from Europe, and their autumnal color “surpasses all the world in gorgeousness.” Water Falls came to represent…