Hudson River School Exhibition at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

lbert Bierstadt (1830-1902), Merced River, Yosemite Valley, 1866, Metropolitan Museum of Art
lbert Bierstadt (1830-1902), Merced River, Yosemite Valley, 1866, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Today marks the opening of the new exhibition “Public Treasures/Private Visions: Hudson River School Masterworks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Select Private Collections” at Pennsylvanian Academy of Fine Arts.

From their website:

The exhibition includes works by ten noted Hudson River School artists including Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Asher Brown Durand, and Edwin Church. Some luminism painters such as Frederick Kensset and Martin Heade are also presented. 

PAFA describes that the Metropolitan Museum of Art is reciprocating with paintings from the Hudson River School in appreciation for a group of paintings that PAFA is lending next year. (Does this mean that Met is going to organize an Hudson River school exhibition next year?) Since the painting galleries at Met is still under renovation. PAFA is not the only museum that benefits showing masterworks which are seldom lent outside of New York City. New Britain Museum of American Art at New Britain, CT is also having an exhibition “Hudson River Paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art” which ends in Sept, 2010.

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 - 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.

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