Knights of the Brush: The Hudson River School and the Moral Landscape

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Hudson Hills Press, 1999 - Art - 109 pages
This work of cultural criticism analyzes the masterpieces of the Hudson River School, America's golden age of landscape painting that flourished from almost 1825 to 1860. Iconic works by Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Cole, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Asher Brown Durand, and others are examined in relation to the religious, moral, and aesthetic sensibility that underlies their work. For these painters there was a moral purpose in being an artist; art was a sacred obligation. Perhaps not since the Middle Ages had a school of art infused such religious certitude into works of art.

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In these days of sensationalism, the images of the past often seem shadowy and rather vague. This work explores a period in American art and culture when both were infused with a strong sense of ... Read full review


preface The Nineteenth Century and Beyond Barbara Newington
u foreword The Great Experiment Frederick Turner
acknowledgments KNIGHTS OF THE BRUSH

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James F. Cooper is Director of the Cultural Studies Center of The Newington-Cropsey Foundation, a nonprofit educational and scholarly resource for American art; and an editor of American Arts Quarterly.

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