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$100, $80 mbrs. (discounted price will display for members upon login)
Limit 25 students.
Online lectures: Tuesdays July 7, 14 and 21 at 4pm (sessions will run for 1.5 hours)
Students will meet via Zoom
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A series of three illustrated lectures will serve as an introduction to the Hudson River School, a group of nineteenth-century American landscape painters. The Hudson River School was part of the larger movement of Romanticism that exalted in natural scenes as a response to the Industrial Revolution. The format will be lecture followed by time for an open discussion/questions.
FIRST LECTURE: FOUNDERS
The first lecture will focus on the “founder” of the Hudson River School, Thomas Cole, and his student, Frederic Church.
SECOND LECTURE: POPULARIZATION
The second lecture will examine the role of tourism in the popularization of landscape painting in the nineteenth century.
THIRD LECTURE: JERVIS MCENTEE
The final lecture will explore the work of Jervis McEntee within the context of nineteenth-century technological progress and the Romantic lure of nature and conclude with some thoughts on the relevance of the Hudson River School today.
Image credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art. Thomas Cole’s “View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm–The Oxbow”
Kerry Dean Carso, Ph.D., is Professor of Art History at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she teaches courses on American art and architecture. She is the author of the award-winning book, American Gothic Art and Architecture in the Age of Romantic Literature. Her book, Follies in America: A History of Garden and Park Architecture, is forthcoming from Cornell University Press in 2021.