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Hudson River School review at the New Britain Museum of American Art

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New Britain Museum of American Art
New Britain Museum of American Art,
New Britain, Connecticut
New Britain Museum of American Art
Jennifer, Joshua, Danielle, Joe, and Kate

I made this trip with my family to the New Britain Museum of American Art to study some of the Hudson River School paintings that are in the museums permanent collection. Below are a series of photographs that I captured showing various closeup details for several paintings. The closeup details are very informative and by studying them a person can start to appreciate and understand how the paintings were constructed and layered. The colors in these photographs are not modified from my digital camera, they may not represent the colors of the actual paintings that are hanging in the museum, but they are relatively close.

"The Boating Party" by George W. Waters

Hudson River School painting entitled 'The Boating Party' by George W. Waters
George W. Waters ( 1832-1912)
The Boating Party ca. 1870s
Oil on Canvas
Harriet Russel Stanley Fund
2005.04
Hudson River School painting entitled 'The Boating Party' by George W. Waters - Detail view #1
Close-up detail #1 of "The Boating Party"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'The Boating Party' by George W. Waters - Detail view #2
Close-up detail #2 of "The Boating Party"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'The Boating Party' by George W. Waters - Detail view #3
Close-up detail #3 of "The Boating Party"

"Sunday Morning" by Asher Brown Durand

Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand
Asher Brown Durand ( 1796-1886)
Sunday Morning, 1860
Oil on Canvas
Charles F. Smith Fund 1963.04

(Note: The gallery lighting creates the illusion that the sun
is located in the center of the painting, the real
location of the sun is about 2 o'clock (far right side)
and off the canvas.)
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #1
Closeup detail #1 of "Sunday Morning"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #2
Closeup detail #2 of "Sunday Morning"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #3
Closeup detail #3 of "Sunday Morning"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #4
Closeup detail #4 of "Sunday Morning"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #5
Closeup detail #5 of "Sunday Morning"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #6
Closeup detail #6 of "Sunday Morning"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #7
Closeup detail #7 of "Sunday Morning"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #8
Closeup detail #8 of "Sunday Morning"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #9
Closeup detail #9 of "Sunday Morning"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #10
Closeup detail #10 of "Sunday Morning"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #11
Closeup detail #11 of "Sunday Morning"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #12
Closeup detail #12 of "Sunday Morning"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #13
Closeup detail #13 of "Sunday Morning"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #14
Closeup detail #14 of "Sunday Morning"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #15
Closeup detail #15 of "Sunday Morning"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #16
Closeup detail #16 of "Sunday Morning"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Sunday Morning' by Asher Brown Durand - Detail view #17
Closeup detail #17 of "Sunday Morning"

"Scene Near Fishkill Hudson River" by Paul Weber

Hudson River School painting entitled 'Scene Near Fishkill Hudson River' by Paul Weber
Paul Weber (B. Darmstadt, Germany 1823-1916)
Scene Near Fishkill Hudson River, 1855
Oil on Canvas
Promised gift of Harriet and Walter Huber
2007.40
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Scene Near Fishkill Hudson River' by Paul Weber - Detail View #1
Closeup detail #1 of "Scene Near Fishkill Hudson River"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Scene Near Fishkill Hudson River' by Paul Weber - Detail View #2
Closeup detail #2 of "Scene Near Fishkill Hudson River"

"Ipwich Marshes" by Martin Johnson Heade

Hudson River School painting entitled 'Ipwich Marshes' by Martin Johnson Heade
Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904)
Ipwich Marshes, 1867
Oil on Canvas
Stephen B Lawrence Fund 1961.16
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Ipwich Marshes' by Martin Johnson Heade - Detail View #1
Closeup detail #1 of "Ipwich Marshes"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'Ipwich Marshes' by Martin Johnson Heade - Detail View #2
Closeup detail #2 of "Ipwich Marshes"

"West Rock, New Haven" by Frederic Edwin Church

Hudson River School painting entitled 'West Rock, New Haven' by Frederic Edwin Church
Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900)
West Rock, New Haven, 1849
John Butler Talcott Fund
Oil on Canvas
Hudson River School painting entitled 'West Rock, New Haven' by Frederic Edwin Church - Detail view #1
Closeup detail #1 of "West Rock, New Haven"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'West Rock, New Haven' by Frederic Edwin Church - Detail view #2
Closeup detail #2 of "West Rock, New Haven"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'West Rock, New Haven' by Frederic Edwin Church - Detail view #3
Closeup detail #3 of "West Rock, New Haven"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'West Rock, New Haven' by Frederic Edwin Church - Detail view #4
Closeup detail #4 of "West Rock, New Haven"
Hudson River School painting entitled 'West Rock, New Haven' by Frederic Edwin Church - Detail view #5
Closeup detail #5 of "West Rock, New Haven"

"The Wilds of Lake Superior" by Thomas Moran

Hudson River School painting entitled 'The Wilds of Lake Superior' by Thomas Moran
Thomas Moran (B. England 1837-1926)
The Wilds of Lake Superior, 1864
Oil on Canvas
Charles F. Smith Fund
1944.04

"Midwinter Moonlight" by Francois Gignoux

Hudson River School painting entitled 'Midwinter Moonlight' by Francois Gignoux
Francois Gignoux (B. France, 1816-1882)
Midwinter Moonlight, before 1869
Oil on Board
Charles F. Smith Fund
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