American Landscape Paintings of the 19th Century

I have totally reworked an earlier post about American paintings of the 19th Century. Check it out. Click on “View Original” at the bottom of this post to see the updated version. Vann

Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina- A Blog


I have always admired the American landscape painters of the 19th century, and I wanted to share a few of my favorites that have inspired me in my photography. Because there was no color photography when these paintings were made, the artists had to balance the light and color that would showcase the scene in the best possible way. That’s what I try to do with my work. The artists included Thomas Cole, Thomas Moran, and Paul Hansen. This style of painting became part of America’s first art movement, known as the “Hudson River School”, because most of the earliest scenes featured the Catskill Mountains along the Hudson River. Later artists used the mountains of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and the Carolinas for their inspiration.


Currently, many of these paintings are being exhibited at The Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina. I plan to drive there this week. What an…

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