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Painting a Nation: Hudson River School Landscapes from the Higdon Collection

December 2, 2016 - April 23, 2017

Galleries 2 and 3

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Assembled with a discerning eye for quality, the private collection of Ann and Lee Higdon includes superb examples of Hudson River School paintings, the first native school of painting in the United States. The majority of the works depict serene scenes of New York state and the northeast region, though several works, such as Albert Bierstadt's Cathedral Rocks, A View of Yosemite, ca. 1872, go farther afield. Together, these paintings celebrate the picturesque beauty of our nation and reflect the collective desire of the Hudson River painters to develop a uniquely American visual language, independent of European schools of painting.

<i>Cathedral Rocks, A View of Yosemite</i>, ca. 1872, by Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902); oil on paper mounted on canvas; 19 x 13 3/4 inches; Courtesy of the Higdon Collection

Cathedral Rocks, A View of Yosemite, ca. 1872, by Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902); oil on paper mounted on canvas; 19 x 13 3/4 inches; Courtesy of the Higdon Collection

<i>Nantucket Shore</i>, 1865, by William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905); oil on panel; 11 x 18 1/2 inches; Courtesy of the Higdon Collection

Nantucket Shore, 1865, by William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905); oil on panel; 11 x 18 1/2 inches; Courtesy of the Higdon Collection

<i>Shelving Rocks, Lake George from Hen and Chickens Island</i>, 1874, by David Johnson (American, 1827-1908); oil on canvas; 16 1/8 x 28 1/2 inches; Courtesy of the Higdon Collection

Shelving Rocks, Lake George from Hen and Chickens Island, 1874, by David Johnson (American, 1827-1908); oil on canvas; 16 1/8 x 28 1/2 inches; Courtesy of the Higdon Collection

<i>Autumn Afternoon, Greenwood Lake</i>, 1873, by Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900); oil on canvas; 11 x 19 1/2 inches; Courtesy of the Higdon Collection

Autumn Afternoon, Greenwood Lake, 1873, by Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900); oil on canvas; 11 x 19 1/2 inches; Courtesy of the Higdon Collection

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