The Hudson River and the natural wonders along its banks had a long history of associations with earlier inhabitants, including Native Americans, the Dutch, and the British. Key battles of the American Revolution were fought along the river’s course. Such historical associations amid the evocative terrain of the Catskills, Adirondacks, and White Mountains enriched regional sites throughout the Hudson River Valley and New England, inspiring homegrown schools of painting and literature grounded in their scenery and history.
The exhibition drawn from the New-York Historical Society’s collection of narrative art includes fifty-five works by such canonical artists as Benjamin West, Asher B. Durand, William Sidney Mount, and Eastman Johnson. Additionally, significant works will also be on exhibition by artists who were major figures in their own time (such as Daniel Huntington, Henry Peters Gray and T. H. Matteson), but who have been virtually ignored in current American art surveys.
|Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth, TX)||February 26–May 29, 2011|
|Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA)||July 30–November 6, 2011|
|Columbia Museum (Colum|
The Hudson River to Niagara Falls: Nineteenth-century American Landscape Paintings from the New-York Historical Society
|Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (New Paltz, NY)||July 11–December 13, 2009|
|The Society of the Four Arts (Palm Beach, FL)||January 28–March 20, 2011|
Dive in to the New-York Historical Society’s online museum collections featuring more than 60,000 artifacts and works of art from our collection. Fine art holdings include renowned Hudson River School landscapes, masterpieces of colonial portraiture, and John James Audubon's watercolors for The Birds of America. Our stunning silver and Tiffany lamp collections are the stars of our decorative arts holdings.
To thematically dovetail with the 400 year celebration of Henry Hudson's historic voyage of discovery, and the exhibition Dutch New York between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery organized in collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, five of Audubon's watercolors of birds who perch or live along the Hudson River are displayed. One, the Hudsonian Godwit, is even named after a namesake of the explorer's and is found along the river during migration.