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Cranch was a Unitarian clergyman drawn to Transcendentalism. He was also an aspiring landscape painter who admired Cole and visited the Catskills in Durand's company during the 1840s. Cranch may have known Cole's "Sunset, View on the Catskill," first-hand because it was once in teh collection of the art patron Luman Reed and had belonged to the New-York Galelry of Fine Arts from 1844. The Gallery's directors acquired this painting by Cranch, perhaps recognizing that "View on the Catskill River" was conceived in homage to Cole's seminla interpretation. The two paintings are close in size, and the compoitional parallels are striking, as are the palette and time of day. These elements, as well as Cranch's arrangement of trees and manner of painting foliage, all confirm his careful study of Cole's works.
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