The Wadsworth Athenaeum, in Hartford, CT, is one of America's oldest art museums. It was founded by Daniel Wadsworth in 1842. However, it has been expanded several times since them. The museum has a little bit of everything, from paintings to porcelain, ancient Egyptian to contemporary European. It's a very pleasant place to spend an afternoon.
I don't think it will come as a surprise to anyone that Thomas Cole's work is on my list of art that inspires me. To talk about why I love Cole's work in general, I would probably have to write a whole book, so I'm going to focus on one particular painting that I recently saw for the first time. It's called A Snow Squall, and it was painted in 1825.
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is a small art museum on the campus of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. The museum contains a little bit of everything, but its claim to fame is probably its many Hudson River School paintings. The rest of the collection ranges from ancient to contemporary works in small quantities.
I saw this spectacular little oil sketch at the Newark Museum, and I instantly fell in love. So, when DailyArt Magazine asked me to pick an artwork for Painting of the Week, the choice was clear.
Thoughts on the Newark Museum's exhibition The Rockies & The Alps: Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains (March through August 2018).
Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings just opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and I was one of the first people to see it. The show presents Cole within the landscape painting tradition of his native England. I loved the exhibition, and you can find out why in my review.
Back in March, I wrote a piece for DailyArt Magazine about female artists of the Hudson River School movement. I liked the idea so much that I decided to write a follow-up featuring five more artists, also for DailyArt Magazine. You can read it at the link below. Female Painters of the Hudson River… Continue reading Female Painters of the Hudson River School, Part Two
In honor of Women's History Month, my article about female artists of the Hudson River School went live today on DailyArt Magazine - the online counterpart to the Daily Art app I've been writing for. My piece features six female landscape painters who worked in nineteenth century America. The inspiration for this article came from an… Continue reading Six Female Artists of the Hudson River School
Thomas Cole and Frederick Edwin Church, the two most prominent Hudson River School painters, both had homes and studios in the Catskill area of New York. One summer day, I went up there to visit the two houses, which are now museums open to the public for tours. This was my experience.
Romanticist and landscape painter Thomas Cole was born in England but came to success in New York in the 1820s. He was a founder of the so-called Hudson River School. View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow, is among Cole's best-known works.