Landscape Painting in America: Thomas Doughty: The First Landscape Painter

     

 

The first painter to be nationally recognized for his landscape painting was Thomas Doughty. This painting was a typical example of his work.

Unfortunately, the public grew tired of his paintings quickly after noticing that all of his trees looked alike, that he painted mountains not found in North America, and that he humanized his landscapes in the European manner with castles and ruins that did not exist in the New World.



Thomas Doughty, Fanciful Landscape, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.