Kindred Spirits by Asher B. Durand. all images this page artrenewal.org.
The painting above was painted by Ashr B Durand (1796-1886) upon the death of his friend Thomas Cole. He is shown with William Cullen Bryant, the poet who wrote Thanatopsis. This painting was recently bought at auction by Alice Walton for a reported 35 million dollars.
A former bank note engraver from New Jersey. Durand believed he was painting the face of God when he painted nature and tried to work with great fidelity. In practice he and the rest of the Hudson river school,assembled their pictures from sketches made on location. Often these paintings resembled real locations only slightly.
Asher B. Durand and Thomas Cole are the best known members of the first generation of the Hudson river school. Their painting still has a rather artificial look and actually resembles Dutch painting as much as it doers of the second generation of Hudson river school painters who are often referred to as the luminist painters. I will write about them tomorrow night.
Today was the last day of the Cape Cod workshop. I will post a few photos of that tomorrow also. I have taught in all day in the sun three days running and I am exhausted so I will close. See you tomorrow.
The painting below is, I believe, Mount Washington from the intervale. New Hampshire was the summer painting ground for a generation. I will write about that soon also.