Like so many of the Hudson River School of painters, Jasper Cropsey
(1823-1900) liked the changing seasons and recorded his love on canvas. Unlike
those of most of the other Hudson River painters, however, Cropsey's landscapes
were not exclusively American. For each of the seasons he chose the specific
country that he believed best typified the seasonal beauties. For winter he
chose Switzerland, for summer Italy; for spring nothing but an English landscape
would do. But for autumn he returned to the Hudson River area, to the American
wilderness. Indeed, his most familiar epithet, based on the contribution for
which he is best known, is "America's painter of autumn."
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