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Monographs of Hudson River Painters

Thomas Moran: Artist of the Mountains

Thomas Moran: Artist of the Mountains

By Thurman Wilkins and Caroline L. Hinkley

Thurman Wilkins’ biography of Thomas Moran (1837-1926) is revised with new research in this edition of Thomas Moran: Artist of the Mountains. This biography, writes William H. Goetzman, “established Moran as one of the major romantic painters of the nineteenth century.” Thomas Moran’s images of the West as well as his many other landscapes from different parts of the United States and the world have established him as one of the greatest and most influential members of the later generation of the Hudson River School. Thomas Moran wrote of his work: “I have always held that the grandest, most beautiful, or wonderful in nature, would, in capable hands, make the grandest, most beautiful, or wonderful pictures.” Moran’s hands were more than capable. Thurman Wilkins was a professor of English at Queen’s College of New York and has written several biographies.

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Thomas Moran

Thomas Moran

By Ms. Nancy K. Anderscon

Nancy K. Anderson’s book Thomas Moran, named after Hudson river School painter Thomas Moran (1837-1926), includes biographical essays, an illustrated chronological biography, and other features about the famed painter along with paintings, lithographs, etchings, engravings, and even a firsthand account of the Grand Canyon by Moran. Thomas Moran’s works were central to the creation of the National Park System by Congress, as his stunning landscapes proved the American West was home to unique natural sites worth setting away to be enjoyed by all. This book contains sixty-five black and white and one hundred and thirty five color images, and is an excellent source to learn everything about Moran. Anderson is an associate curator of American and British paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D. C.

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Martin Johnson Heade: A Survey : 1840-1900

Martin Johnson Heade: A Survey : 1840-1900

By Barbara Novak and Timothy A. Eaton

Martin Johnson Heade’s (1819-1904) life and work is described in this book which seeks to shed light on this artist whom little is known about. The book contains many of Heade’s paintings of diverse subjects, including portraits, landscpaes, tropical flora and fauna, and still lifes from between 1840 and 1900. It is eighty pages in length and includes thirty color plates and eight black and white illustrations. Barbara Novak was a professor of art history at Barnard College and Columbia College and has a specialty in American Art. Timothy Eaton is the founder of Eaton Fine Art that exhibited the show this book was published to accompany.

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Martin Johnson Heade

Martin Johnson Heade

By Mr. Theodore E. Stebbins Jr.

Stebbins, in this book, writes about Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904), the artist known for his eclectic painting subjects. It is now generally agreed that Heade is not a member of the Hudson River School; nonetheless his paintings of various landscapes – including seascapes, salt marshes, and tropical landscapes – are important parts of American painting history. Stebbins once again is an expert on Heade and in this book provides a biography, essays on Heade’s subject matter, history of criticism and scholarship on Heade, as well as analysis of his painting technique. This book is a good overview of Heade’s work, and provides insight to his life.

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The Life and Work of Martin Johnson Heade: A Critical Analysis and Catalogue Raisonne

The Life and Work of Martin Johnson Heade: A Critical Analysis and Catalogue Raisonne

By Mr. Theodore E. Stebbins Jr.

Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904), nominally a member of the Hudson River School of painting, was more concerned with quality of light and mood than topographical accurateness in his paintings. Heade is now known for his paintings of seascapes and salt marshes, along with still lifes, paintings of tropical birds, and portraits. This new catalogue is Stubbins’ update of an earlier work including new archive research and scholarship. The catalogue of work has been increased to include 620 of Heade’s known paintings. This is more of an academic book and includes essays and paintings chronologically organized. Stubbins is an expert on Heade, having spent much of his life researching and updating what is known of this interesting artist.

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Hudson River School Visions: The Landscapes of Sanford R. Gifford

Hudson River School Visions: The Landscapes of Sanford R. Gifford

By Kevin J. Avery

Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880) was a prominent member of the Hudson River School and also one of the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fittingly, that once he died, the Met held its first monograph, showcasing of over seven hundred of Gifford’s images. That story was repeated in 2003 and 2004 when Gifford was revisited by the Met (and also the Amon Carter Museum of Fort Worth Texas and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D. C.) for which this catalog was published. Known for his use of light and the atmospheric qualities of his paintings, Gifford became a well known and loved artist of the Hudson river School. The book opens with four essays on Gifford – explaining different aspects of his painting career – and then follows with detailed descriptions of his paintings. The book is illuminated by 237 illustrations, 81 of which are in full color. Avery is an associate curator of the Department of American Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has written books on other Hudson River School artists.

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George Inness: Writings and Reflections on Art and Philosophy

George Inness: Writings and Reflections on Art and Philosophy

By George Inness

Writings by George Inness (1825-1894), one of the Hudson River School’s most famous painters, were collected and published in this singular volume of work for the first time. This work reveals Inness’s growing discontent with aspects of then current American religious and social thought. The book includes twelve color illustrations, ten black and white illustrations, and an introduction by Inness biographer Adrienne Baxter Bell.

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George Inness and the Science of Landscape

George Inness and the Science of Landscape

By Rachael Ziady DeLue

Interested in the mystery of nature, as opposed to recording the exact details, George Inness (1825-1894) has become one of the more well known and more perplexing members of the Hudson River School of painting. This book looks at his interest in mathematics, psychology, optics, and physiology to show how these scientific fields influenced his painting. Author and critic Alexander Nemerov writes “DeLue makes a strong case that Inness was a metaphysician, that he aimed to produce a science of the soul in his paintings: that he scumbled, fogged, and scribbled his images into something approximating ‘spiritual sight.’ Her forceful argument will renew interest in this painter and add to debates about methodology within American Art.” The point of this book is to show Inness’s work and make known his scientific and mystical approach to painting. It does this while being lavishly illustrated with reproductions of Inness’s work.

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George Inness and the Visionary Landscape

George Inness and the Visionary Landscape

By Adrienne Baxter Bell

George Inness (1825-1894) was an inventive painter of the Hudson River School. This book provides an overview of his life and also reveals the philosophical and religious themes communicated in his paintings. These works are infused with his interest in metaphysics and philosophy – inspired by Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) and William James (1842-1910) – and suggests the interconnectivity of nature and spirit. This book stresses the spirituality and philosophy behind the art strongly, as opposed to the actual history of the artist.

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Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape

Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape

By Linda Ferber

After Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand (1796-1866) was one of the most central figures of the first generation of the Hudson River School of painting. This catalog, published to accompany exhibitions held at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and the San Diego Museum of Art, contains over thirty years of art by Durand. The author, Linda Ferber, is a renowned scholar of the Hudson River School. She was chief curator of the Brooklyn Museum of Art from 1985-2000, and is now the director of the New York Historical Society which holds a world-class collection of Hudson River School paintings. Kindred Spirits contains one hundred color reproductions of Durand paintings and eighty other black and white images to accompany the text which includes original essays by Durand. This catalog is an impressive collection of the life and works of Asher B. Durand

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The Life and Works of Thomas Cole

The Life and Works of Thomas Cole

By Louis Legrand Noble

This biography of the famous landscape painter Thomas Cole (1801-1848) is stitched together from Cole’s own essays, poems, and descriptions of his paintings. Cole inspired many artists to take their canvases outdoors and paint the great beauty and splendor of the Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains. The Life and Work of Thomas Cole is the primary source biography of Cole’s life, written by a contemporary Louis Legrand Noble. The introduction by Dr. Elliot S. Vesell places the biography in a modern light after Cole’s fall into obscurity and then rise back into fame in the late twentieth century. The book contains twenty-six images, most by Cole.

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Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole

By Earl A. Powell

America’s westward wilderness inspired many in the early 19th century. Among the inspired was Thomas Cole (1801-1848), who emigrated from England at a young age and went on to become one of the founders of the Hudson River School of painting. This book tells the life and theories of Cole and includes 111 illustrations, 67 of which are in color, of Cole’s sweeping vistas and amazing views of the Catskills of New York State. Earl A. Powell, director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D. C. since 1992, is an expert on 19th and 20th century American and European art.

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In Search of the Promised Land: Paintings by Frederic Edwin Church

In Search of the Promised Land: Paintings by Frederic Edwin Church

By Gerald L. Carr

Gerald L. Carr, an independent scholar, has studied Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) for over twenty years. In this book Carr gives an in depth view of the works of Church as well as a history of Church’s life and the formation of his passion for painting. Carr also sets Church’s life in context, describing the major changes that were happening to America and the world in the mid to late 19th century. Carr provides seventy-nine plates of full color images.

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Frederic Edwin Church: Romantic Landscapes and Seascapes

Frederic Edwin Church: Romantic Landscapes and Seascapes

By Gerald L. Carr

Published to accompany an exhibition at the Adelson Galleries and Meredith Long & Company in New York City and Houston, Texas, respectively, this catalog collects together sensational paintings by famed landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). Since Church traveled the world extensively, the catalog contains 112 spectacular works picturing New York State, New England, Labrador, Central and South America, Greece, Turkey, and the Levant. As head of the Frederic Edwin Church Catalogue Rasionne Project, Gerald L. Carr has selected images that are sure to inspire imagination and awe of the landscapes of the sublime.

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Treasures from Olana: Landscapes by Frederic Edwin Church

Treasures from Olana: Landscapes by Frederic Edwin Church

By Kevin J. Avery

Kevin J. Avery’s monograph of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) focuses on the artist and his relationship with his unique home Olana; the effect it had on him and how he related to the world as well as the house’s effect on his paintings- as an inspirational object. Church’s works in this book consist of sketches, pages from his notebooks, drawings, oils, and completed paintings, all of them from his own house. The selection of images show Church’s progression as an artist and his exceptional skill. Avery is an associate curator of the Department of American Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has written about Church previously in Church’s Great Picture: The Heart of the Andes.

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Albert Bierstadt

Albert Bierstadt

By Matthew Baigell

This book describes the life and work of Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) who was born in Germany and then moved with his family to New Bedford, Massachusetts at the age of three. Bierstadt grew up to be a part of the Hudson River School of painting. He is most known for his oversize paintings of the American West and his use of fog and clouds to heighten the suspense of his landscapes. The book is eighty-eight pages long and includes decently sized reproductions of Bierstadt’s paintings.

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