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Hudson River School Highlights: Landscapes from New-York Historical Society's Collections On View February 10 Through April 1

NEW YORK, NY – The Hudson River School has long been ‘at home’ in the New-York Historical Society, New York’s oldest museum whose first membership diploma was engraved around 1821 by Asher B. Durand, himself. Vice President and Senior Art Historian, Linda S. Ferber comments, “While forty-five of our major landscapes are currently on a national tour in Nature and the American Vision, we are delighted to offer our New York visitors a selection of thirty-one important paintings that are also drawn from New-York Historical’s exceptionally rich holdings.”

The 1858 deposit of Luman Reed’s pioneering collection of American art brought iconic landscapes by Thomas Cole and Durand to New-York Historical’s Museum. Gifts by Durand’s family in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries assembled a collection of more than 375 works by the artist, making the New-York Historical Society the primary Durand repository. Robert L. Stuart’s collection of paintings further enriched these collections with more works by these artists and with stellar landscapes by Jasper Cropsey and John F. Kensett. Works have been selected from these holdings, as well as landscapes by Robert Havell, George H. Boughton, and Francis A Silva.  Portraits of Hudson River School “Founders,” Cole and Durand, will further enrich Hudson River School Highlights. Of particular interest among the thirty-one paintings on view in the Luman Reed Galleries are more than a dozen of Durand’s famous Studies from Nature, as well as an extraordinary trio of the artist’s sepia landscape cartoons.

The New-York Historical Society’s touring exhibition Nature and the American Vision: Masterpieces of the Hudson River School can been seen at the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC (through April 1, 2012); and the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR (May 5 – September 4, 2012).

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; and the 2009 exhibition Lincoln and New York. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.

Contact: New-York Historical Society | Laura Washington | (212) 873-3400 x263 | lwashington@nyhistory.org

Monday, February 13, 2012
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