The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Founded by Thomas Cole in the first half of the 19th century, the Hudson
River School of landscape painting was a quintessentially American phenomenon.
Combining views of a uniquely American landscape with a morality found in
the writings of Emerson and Thoreau, Hudson River painters saw Nature as a
mirror of the sublime. A generation later America was stuffed with paintings
done in the so-called Hudson River style depicting places nowhere near the
Hudson River, and critics were calling them the "trash literature of the brush."
But not all fell into that category. Some were better, their painters more
gifted. Among the latter was Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900).
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