American Art

An American Landscape Painting Double Feature

By now, all of you are probably familiar with my great love of the American landscape painting. I don’t adore simply the artworks themselves, although they are wonderful and gorgeous. I’m also fascinated by the relationship between American landscape and national identity and how the Hudson River School manifested that. Last week, DailyArt Magazine published two of my articles on the subject. One is about a particular American natural monument. The other is about one of my favorite paintings that, although of a South American rather than North American subject, is incredibly important to this tradition.

Virginia Arcadia: Natural Bridge and Why Artists Loved It“. Published on DailyArt Magazine, April 15, 2021.

Painting of the Week: Heart of the Andes by Frederic Edwin Church“. Published on DailyArt Magazine, April 18, 2021.

If you want to learn more about the Hudson River School, I have a tag chock full of posts on that subject. If you are interested in Alexander von Humboldt, who features heavily in my post about Heart of the Andes, read my interview with Smithsonian curator Dr. Eleanor Jones Harvey.

(Cover Image: Frederic Edwin Church, The Natural Bridge, Virginia, 1852, The Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA.)

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