Hudson River School Visions: The Landscapes of Sanford R. Gifford



Hudson River School Visions: The Landscapes of Sanford R. Gifford
Sanford Robinson Gifford was a leading Hudson River School artist. His love of nature first surfaced as a youth growing up in Hudson, New York, and, together with his admiration for the works of Thomas Cole, inspired him to become a landscape painter. Influenced as well by J.M.W. Turner and by trips to Europe in the 1850s, Gifford's art was termed 'air painting', for he made the ambient light of each scene - colour-saturated and atmospherically enriched - the key to its expression. Gifford was a founder of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the time of his death, he was so esteemed by the New York art world that the Museum mounted an exhibition of his work - its first accorded an American artist - and published a Memorial Catalogue that for nearly a century remained the principal source on the artist.
This volume features essays examining Gifford's position in the Hudson River School, his Catskill and Adirondack subjects, his patrons, and his adventures as a traveller both at home and abroad. More than 70 of the artist's best-known sketches and paintings are discussed and reproduced in colour.
Director's Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Lenders to the Exhibition
Nature Distilled: Gifford's Vision of Landscape
Franklin Kelly
Gifford and the Catskills
Kevin J. Avery
A Traveler by Instinct
Heidi Applegate
Tastes in Transition: Gifford's Patrons
Eleanor Jones Harvey
Catalogue
Chronology
Selected Bibliography
Index
Photograph Credits
Kevin J. Avery is Associate Curator, Department of American Paintings and Sculpture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Franklin Kelly is Senior Curator of American and British Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Heidi Applegate is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, New York.
Eleanor Jones Harvey is Luce Center Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Claire A. Conway is Research Assistant, Department of American Paintings and Sculpture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Choice Reviews Online
'This landmark Gifford publication, a joint venture of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The National Gallery of Art, is a beautifully produced, welcome contribution that fills a substantial gap in the history of nineteenth-century American landscape painting. ... Highly recommended.'

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