Love of the Physical World: As Love of Nature


The ability to see material objects as individual entities, helped promote love of nature. Asher Durand, who became the head of the Hudson River School after Cole's death, writes:

"Let it be remembered that the subject of the picture - the material object or objects from which it is constructed - is the essential parts of it. If you have no love for them, you can have no genuine feeling forthe picture which represents them. You may have a kind of admiration for the masterly treatment, and remarkable qualities, but that does not constitute love for Art - it is only an intellectual perception of power. We love Nature and Beauty - we admire the artist who renders them in his works."

Asher B. Durand, Landscape, 1850, Pennyslvannia Academy of Fine Arts