18th Century Hudson River Valley School Oil Painting
An antique original Hudson River School landscape oil painting on linen by an anonymous artist, circa 1880. The Hudson River School was a mid-19th century art movement that was influenced by Romanticism, and depicted the American landscape as a pastoral setting, where human beings and nature coexisted peacefully. This painting is no exception to this defining characteristic, depicting a quiet, early morning scene on the river. Tall evergreen and birch trees in the foreground come forward in lucid detail, as the mountains fall beyond fall behind an ethereal veil. Faint white sails on the water appear as if apparitions, subtle reminders of human presence. This painting is unsigned, presented in its original beveled walnut frame with a dark, stained finish and gilt interior trim.
- condition consistent with age. There is a .4" puncture nearly in the dead center of the canvas, 11.75" from the left edge of painting and 8.7" from top edge. It is not readily noticeable, as it is held in place by a piece of tape to the verso. The linen fibers are thin in intermittent places, visible when held to the light. Accretion on painting surface. Normal wear to finish of frame for its age along edges and on corners.