The Luminist canvases of Kevin Cook

March 03, 2013 02:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Quintessentially rugged American landscapes under luminous skies, suffused with poetic light and imbued with drama: The Hudson River School of painting that flourished in the 19th century immortalized the region in which we live. English émigré Thomas Cole is credited with starting the movement in 1825, when he sailed north on the Hudson River from New York City to the Catskills, determined to become a landscape painter after an earlier career as an itinerant portrait-painter. Cole infused a sense of the sublime in his canvases, and many artists followed in his footsteps; but by the end of the 19th century, the Hudson River School of painting had largely faded into the history books, to be revived in reputation only by late-20th century generations of art-lovers who continue to respond to the timeless veneration of nature rendered simultaneously real and idealized.
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