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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Skira Rizzoli; Later Printing edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847832643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847832644
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1.1 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The glorious landscape paintings of the Hudson River Valley—and beyond—which forged America’s first artistic movement.

“In the first half of the 19th century, a group of painters working in New York City developed a distinctly American vision of the landscape. Their powerful interpretations of American scenery, which came to be known as the Hudson River School, ‘tell the story of how landscape imagery can shape both national and cultural identity,’ The book showcases more than a hundred of these images, many in full-page reproduction that convey the original paintings’ monumental scale…” ~Luxist.com
 
“…The paintings show how American artists embodied powerful ideas about nature, culture and history—including a belief that a special providence was manifest to Americans in the continent’s sublime landscape.” ~NewYorkHistoryBlog.com

About the Author

The New-York Historical Society, a preeminent research and education institution, is home to both New York City’s oldest museum and one of the nation’s most distinguished independent research libraries. Founded in 1804, its holdings cover four centuries of American history.

Dr. Linda S. Ferber
is the museum director at the New-York Historical Society.

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The book has great copies of the paintings but to see them in person is spectacular.
Steve G. Johnson
There are many excellent color reproductions, and this book can also be a great complement for the person who dispsoe already a few books on these artists.
Tom BOMBADIL8
I highly recommend this book to any lover of art, especially those who are enamored of the Hudson River genre.
Addison Dewitt

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Addison Dewitt VINE VOICE on September 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
While amongst a throng of other buzzards perusing the sale racks of a now-defunct book seller (whose name I cannot repeat, lest I be thrown in a barn and given the ignoble job of cleaning it) who was in their final death throes, I ran across this book still in it's shrink-wrap. Knowing full well that it was free from fingerprints, dirt and other human detritus, I then quickly looked for the price and was delighted to see it selling for a price far lower than the one listed here on Amazon. Grasping it tightly, I hurried to the cashier and quickly handed over my hard-earned lucre so that I might possess this treasure forever.

I'm sure there are as good or better books on the painters of the Hudson River School, but I've yet to see them. This is by far one of the best, if not THE best. There are more than 100 extremely high-quality images reproduced in this book, many of which have detail enlargements of sections of these priceless works. In many cases, I use my magnifying glass to see the detail even better, yet hardly see the dot screen of the printing.

Dot screen? Let me explain:

In full color (better known as 4 color by the printing trade) printing, a matrix of dots is used to break the picture down into cyan, magenta, yellow and black. These four inks are used to reproduce anything that is meant for viewing in full color and the image is broken down into the four colors using photographic filters. This breakdown is called a "color separation" and when the four plates are aligned, the smallest pattern result in any given area is called a "rosette". In newspaper comics, this is easily seen, especially if the alignment is off somewhat.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tom BOMBADIL8 on October 2, 2011
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This book is very well designed especially for those who like the painters of the "Hudson River School" or those who want to experience these magnificent landscape painters who know so well express the light.
The format of this book called for "Italian" (oblong) seems particularly appropriate to reflect the atmosphere of these paintings.
There are many excellent color reproductions, and this book can also be a great complement for the person who dispsoe already a few books on these artists.
The quality price ratio should appeal to all those who simply love the beautiful landscape of classical painting and wish to have an overview of these painters.
In other words, a gift to yourself for fun or for relatives who will marvel at the masters of the landscape.
Note that several works by Thomas Cole, founder of the "Hudson River School," present in this book, we seem remarkably well reflect the descriptions of places of the famous "The Lord of the Ring" by J.R.R Tolkien !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve G. Johnson on August 6, 2012
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I recently went to the Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas and visited a show they had on the Hudson River School. Many of the paintings in this book were in the show. The book is great but the show was, of course, better. The book has great copies of the paintings but to see them in person is spectacular. I have really enjoyed the book's history of the movement and all the details and interesting twists and turns it reveals. If you like American Art, which I do, you will love this book. If you haven't been to Crystal Bridges American Art Museum, you must go!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on April 29, 2013
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Bought this for my father-in-law who's an avid 19th-century paintings fan, especially landscaping/pastoral art. He is also really into history/reading. Perfect match. Beautifully displayed paintings in a great size to appreciate detail along with description of the artists/style. If someone in your life falls into these categories, don't hesitate to buy. Great addition to collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Roffey on March 21, 2013
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It has been my misfortune to somewhat underrate the American painters of the 18th and 19th century. Having purchased this book, I am full of admiration for the Hudson River school of artists, their skill and sensitivity is equal of many of the northern European painters of the same period. I would highly recommend the book to any serious student of painting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Ashcraft on March 22, 2014
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I am a long term fan of the Hudson River school, and I loved this book. the illustrations are wonderful. the text covers the changes over time in the school by examining the work of various artists who, distantly or intimately, rightly or wrongly, have been associated with the school and/or associated themselves with the school
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