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VRA Core 4 Example 26: Landscape painting
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Work record [refid 26]
agent Jasper Francis Cropsey (American painter, 1823-1900)
culturalContext American
date 1860 (creation)
description This monumental view of the Hudson River Valley was painted from memory in the artist's London studio. Cropsey adopted a high vantage point, looking southeast toward the distant Hudson River and the flank of Storm King Mountain. A small stream leads from the foreground, where three hunters and their dogs gaze into the sunlight. All along the meandering tributary there are signs of man's peaceful coexistence with nature: a small log cabin, grazing sheep, children playing on a bridge, and cows standing placidly in the water. Here, man neither conquers nor is subservient to nature; both coexist harmoniously. In fact, the landscape is depicted as a ready arena for further agricultural expansion. Cropsey's painting is a celebration of American nationalism.
National Gallery of Art, Washington [website]; (accessed 5/30/2009) [description source]
inscription lower center: Autumn, -on the Hudson River / J. F Cropsey / London 1860
location National Gallery of Art (Washington, District of Columbia, United States) 1963.9.1 [repository]
Gift of the Avalon Foundation [location note]
material oil paint on canvas
measurements 151.8 cm (height) x 274.9 cm (width, without frame)
source Core 4 Sample Database (VCat)
stylePeriod Hudson River school; Nineteenth century
subject agriculture; animals; domestic life; genre; landscapes; Hunting in art; Rivers; Hudson River; autumn foliage; trees; leaves; Fall
technique oil painting (technique)
title Autumn - On the Hudson River [repository, true, en]
worktype paintings (visual works); oil paintings (visual works)
image courtesy National Gallery, Washington DC
Image record [refid 129]
measurements 18 MB
relation [imageOf 26, Core 4 Sample Database (VCat)]
rights publicDomain
source VRA Data Standards Committee, Core 4 Sample Records [href]
National Gallery of Art, Washington [website]; [source of image]
technique digital imaging
title Overall view without frame
worktype digital image
Last modified August 28, 2014