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Beginning in the rolling hills, green valleys, and towering forests of upstate New York, the Hudson River school painters captured the distinct American landscape. The first major artistic fraternity in the United States, the Hudson River school became one of the most influential movements in American art. In the early 19th century, American Transcendentalist writers inspired a new appreciation for the beauty of wild, untamed land. In 1825, painter Thomas Cole produced a series of images of the Catskill Mountains, celebrating the dramatic scenery of upstate New York and starting a new approach to American landscape painting. By the mid-19th century, the Hudson River school painters expanded their search for new subject matter to South America, the Arctic, and the American West, celebrating the grandeur and vastness of the American landscape.

By Laura F. Fry, Senior Curator and Curator of Art, Gilcrease Museum with research assistance by Zachary Qualls, Graduate Student, Museum Science and Management Program, The University of Tulsa, 2016

Image Title Creator Culture Accession # Materials/Techniques
The Grand Canyon Thomas Moran American 01.2351 oil on canvas
Sierra Nevada Mountains William Keith American 01.2077 oil on canvas
Sacramento River Looking East to Mt Shasta on the Left, Lesser Peak on the Right Unidentified American 02.1437 watercolor on paper
Indian Encampment George Caleb Bingham American 01.1184 oil on canvas
Sierra Nevada Mountains in California Albert Bierstadt American 01.1181 oil on canvas
Niagara Falls Albert Bierstadt American 01.1174 oil on canvas
Mount Hood Thomas Hill American 01.1591 oil on canvas
Sierra Nevada Morning Albert Bierstadt American 01.2305 oil on canvas
Wagon Train Samuel Colman American 01.1522 oil on canvas
Point Lobos, California Albert Bierstadt American 01.2304 oil on canvas
The Glory of the Canyon Thomas Moran American 01.2350 oil on canvas
The Davidson Glacier Thomas Hill American; British 01.1587 oil on board
Niagara Falls (Horseshoe Falls) Unidentified, Thomas Cole American 01.2253 oil on board
View on Lake George Jasper Francis Cropsey American 01.2316 oil on canvas