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GLORY OF LANDSCAPE THEN AND NOW





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May 9 - June 21, 2008

Landscape painting and prints from the 19th century to the present focusing on the Hudson Valley Region. Organized by R. Alexander Boyle, Elizabeth Saperstein and Candace Taubner.

  “The pleasures of the imagination, among which the love of scenery holds a conspicuous place, will alone temper the harshness of such a state; and, like the atmosphere that softens the most rugged forms of the landscape, cast of veil of tender beauty over the asperities of life.”

 – Thomas Cole, Essay on American Scenery, 1935.

 Glory of Landscape Then and Now is presented in two parts. Landscape paintings made between 1845 and 1899 reveal scenes of and from Westchester and the Hudson River Valley, from the Hudson River to the Long Island Sound. Many of these paintings, on loan from private collections, have never been exhibited in public and offer a concentrated presentation of work by first and second generation Hudson River School painters.

The modern and contemporary work spans the period of 1943 to the present and continues to tap for inspiration the region’s rich natural and cultural history.  Concentrated on the Hudson River, specific regional depictions like the view from Boscobel and Olana, or the lighthouse at Tappan Zee can be found, and views from vantage points as far south as Manhattan’s Greenwich Village (to New York Harbor) and as far north as Germantown (St. Lawrence Cement Factory) anchor the exhibit geographically.

 In both presentations, these artists once stood or now stand at the edge of a cultivated land, and look into the heart of nature. To the American landscape painters of the 19th century and the contemporary artists that they influence, stylistically or conceptually, a greater divine power lurks behind the visible world. What follows in this exhibit are works that attempt to capture this power. Atmospheric, dreamy, and contemplative feelings pervade these pictures, whether stimulated by the sanctity of a specific locale, a battleground or cherished view.




RELATED PROGRAMS

Art Talk with Don Nice and Alex Boyle

Tuesday, May 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Garrison-based artist Don Nice and curator Alex Boyle and lead a discussion about Hudson River School artists and landscape painting. This event and the exhibition is free and open to the general public.