2006-12-18 CPSP ART review

2006-12-18 CPSP ART review - Alan VanToai American Cultures...

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Alan VanToai December 18, 2006 American Cultures Museum Response: Jasper Cropsey’s “Autumn on the Hudson” For my evaluation of Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art, I chose the behemoth masterpiece “Autumn on the Hudson” painted by Jasper Cropsey. Cropsey, a British artist, had visited America in the mid 1800s, when many Europeans still knew little of the landscape differences of America and England. Upon returning to London, Cropsey painted his vision of the Hudson River by memory and unveiled it in 1860. At a commanding 60” x 108”, it demanded much attention from the Europeans who had never before seen such depictions of American landscapes and foilage color in the fall months. European trees didn’t show as much color year round, and Cropsey had to display specimens of American leaves to persuade skeptical visitors that his panorama was accurate. This painting showcases the intrigue and potential that America represented in its early years of colonization. It depicts an absolutely breathtaking view of a stream cutting
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