American Landscape Painting and “the Newly Invented Stigma:” Rethinking the Hudson River School

Timothy Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor in the History of Art, Chair History of Art, Yale University

The term “Hudson River School” has come to suggest a much-loved and respected group of American artists; but the history of the term offers some surprises.

Art Historian Timothy Barringer explores the strange history of the term “Hudson River School,” which was used to criticize art that was considered old-fashioned and provincial. So why do we still use it?

This lecture considers the possibility of describing American landscape painting in other ways that might do justice to the panoramic richness and ambition, as represented in the collections of the Albany Institute.


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IMAGE: Landscape with Deer, James M. Hart (1828-1901), 1856, oil on canvas, gift of Ledyard Cogswell, Jr., 1948.32.2

Sunday, April 29 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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