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Hudson River Painting in the Manner of Jasper Cropsey

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Hudson River Painting in the Manner of Jasper Cropsey
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Artist: Hudson River School (Manner of Jasper Cropsey) Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 14" x 21" Signed: Unsigned Date: Circa 1850 Description: This painting depicts a typical Hudson River scene in the manner of Jasper Cropsey. A lone figure walks along a path adjacent to the lake. The sunlight illuminates the pathway as well as the autumn leaves on the trees. A couple of distant sailboats can be seen on the lake. Condition: The painting has been cleaned and has a repaired 3” tear to the canvas in the center of the image. The painting was re-lined to facilitate the repair. There is corresponding inpaint to the area that was repaired and a few other small spots of inpaint. The repair was professionally done and is not easily identified from the front, as seen in the photos. The frame is new and in a style that suits the painting. Artist Biography: This informal association was America's first so-called school of painting and the dominant landscape style until the Civil War. The name derives from a group of 19th-century landscape painters working in New York state. With realistic composition, they depicted romantic views of unsettled areas of the Hudson River Valley especially lakes, rocky gorges, and forests in the Catskill Mountains. About a fourth of these artists utilized luminism or effects with special lighting techniques to convey lofty emotions through contrasts of light and dark. Jasper Cropsey was a mid-nineteenth century painter and architect known for his detailed, romantic autumn landscapes. A member of the Hudson River School, he reached his artistic peak in 1860 with a nine-foot-long canvas of a New York autumn landscape. Its brilliant colors stunned many of the English viewers to whom it was presented in London. Cropsey was born on Staten Island, New York, in 1823. He was trained in mechanical drafting and apprenticed at the age of 15 under architect Joseph Trench. He developed a strong interest in painting and took lessons in watercolors. In 1841, he began doing landscapes in oil, painting scenes of the White Mountains, the Catskill Mountains, and areas around Greenwood Lake in New Jersey. In 1942, he left Trench’s office to devote himself to painting, although he continued to work as an architect. Cropsey went to Europe in 1847, and in 1856 went to England where he stayed for seven years. While there, he painted one of his greatest works, Autumn- On the Hudson River (1860, National Gallery of Art), which received critical raves and rated Cropsey an audience with Queen Victoria. From then on, Cropsey specialized in fall scenes, earning the nickname “America’s painter of Autumn.” In the later years of his life, Cropsey settled on the Hudson River at Hastings, New York, painting oil and watercolor views of his favored river. He continued some architectural work throughout his life; among his designs was the Victorian-style Sixth Avenue elevated station in New York City. Jasper Cropsey died in 1900. His work is in numerous public collections, including those of Harvard University; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the National Gallery of Art; and the New York Historical Society. Provenance: Private estate.

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