Landscape Painting in America: Cole and the Hudson River School

Although Cole disliked the landscape paintings that he made of real places, they were loved by the general public and were an inspiration to a large group of artists who became known as the Hudson River School. It is primarily for these paintings that he is still known today.

Members of the Hudson River School include such artists as Asher Durand, John Kensett, Frederick Church, Albert Bierstadt, Worthington Whittredge, and many others.

This painting by Sanford R. Gifford depicts a valley covered with a morning haze just before the sun burns it away.




Sanford R. Gifford, Kauterskill Falls, 1862, Metropolitan Museum of Art