LACMA is currently presenting Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School, the West Coast presentation of The New-York Historical Society's premier collection of 19th-century American landscape paintings through June 7th, 2015.
Drawn entirely from the premier collection of The New-York Historical Society, Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School features 45 paintings and represents 23 renowned artists who led the American landscape movement, including Thomas Cole, Asher Brown Durand, Frederic Edwin Church, and Albert Bierstadt, among others. Nature and the American Vision also examines the movement beyond the Hudson River, with works by artists who reflected both realistic and romantic attitudes towards nature in scenes of New England, the American West, and South America. For the first time on the West Coast, all five of Thomas Cole's series The Course of the Empire (c.1834-36) are on view. Nature and the America Vision: The Hudson River School is curated by Dr. Linda S. Ferber, Senior Art Historian and Museum DirectorEmerita at The New-York Historical Society.
Arranged thematically by place, the exhibition is designed as a grand tour of the American landscape. The full range of the exhibition demonstrates that the movement extends beyond the Hudson River, with work by artists who reflect both realistic and romantic attitudes toward nature in scenes of New England, the American West, and even to South America.
The exhibition culminates with Thomas Cole’s masterpiece, the five large-scale paintings that constitute The Course of Empire (1834–36), a visual feast and meditation about civilization and the potential challenges facing the young country.
The Hudson River School–a group of New York-based artists, poets, and writers—forged a vision of the American cultural and national identity through their visual exploration of nature. Drawn entirely from The New-York Historical Society.
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