I made this trip with my family to the Hudson River School by New Britain Museum of American Art. I wanted to study some Hudson River School paintings in the museum’s permanent collection. Below are a series of photographs I captured showing various closeup details for several oil paintings. The closeup details are very informative, and by studying them, a person can start to appreciate and understand how the painting layers were constructed. The colors in these photographs are not modified from my digital camera, they may not represent the colors of the paintings hanging in the museum, but they are relatively close.
Hudson River School – “The Boating Party” by George Wellington Waters
Hudson River School – “Sunday Morning” by Asher Brown Durand
Hudson River School – “Scene Near Fishkill Hudson River” by Paul Weber
Hudson River School – “Ipwich Marshes” by Martin Johnson Heade
Hudson River School – “West Rock, New Haven” by Frederic Edwin Church
Hudson River School – “The Wilds of Lake Superior” by Thomas Moran
Hudson River School – “Midwinter Moonlight” by Francois Gignoux
Concluding Thoughts – Hudson River School by New Britain Museum of American Art
What a great exhibit of the Hudson River School by New Britain Museum of American Art. Seeing close-up of how master painters from history did their work is invaluable. In person, you can see each brush stroke, tell what the artist deliberately intended in one area, and see where some overpainting happened in another. Overpainting indicates the artists changed something they didn’t feel was right the first time they put down the paint. This visit was an education.