Clouds Over the Valley, 2009
Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Oil on Canvas, 2009
On loan from Marist College, Hudson Valley Institute Collection
The natural beauty of the Hudson Valley inspired a mid-19th Century art movement known as “The Hudson River School.”
About the Artist: Jane Bloodgood-Abrams (1963 - ) received her Bachelor of Studio Arts degree from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists. Her work is exhibited worldwide.
Foot of Storm King Mountain, 1880s
Thomas Benjamin Pope, Oil on Canvas, 1880s
On loan from the New York State Museum
Storm King Mountain and Breakneck Ridge form the Hudson River’s “Wind Gate.”
About the Artist: Thomas Benjamin Pope (1834-1891) was born in either New York or New Jersey. He fought for the Union in the Civil War and later moved to Newburgh, New York. Pope’s scenic views are known for their tranquility and clarity.
Hudson River at West Point
Andrew Melrose, Oil on Canvas, 1885
On loan from NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation/Senate House State Historic Site
Since 1802, West Point has served as home to the United States Military Academy and is the oldest continuing operating military post in the United States.
About the Artist: Andrew Melrose (1836-1901) was born in Scotland and moved to the United States in the 1850s to pursue a career in painting. He established a studio in Hoboken NJ, but traveled across the country extensively, from the Adirondacks to the Deep South.
Hudson River from Miss Masters School
J. F. Cropsey, Oil on Canvas, 1897
On Loan from the Newington-Cropsey Foundation
This is a view from the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry looking toward Hook Mountain and the Tappan Zee. The prominent structure is the South Presbyterian Church, which still stands on the west side of Broadway. At the age of 74, this was Cropsey's last large scale painting.
About the Artist: Jasper F. Cropsey (1823-1900) was an important member of the Hudson River School and a founding member of the American Society of Painters in Watercolor.
Moore’s Bridge, Kaaterskill Clove
Montgomery Livingston, Oil on Canvas, 1843
On loan from Clermont State Historic Site, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
Kaaterskill Clove, near Palenville, New York, is a deep gorge formed by Kaatersville Creek. It served as inspiration for many Hudson River School artists and for poets, as well.
About the Artist: Montgomery Livingston (1816 – 1855) was a grandson of Chancellor Robert Livingston. He studied art during a grand tour of Europe and returned to paint landscapes in and around his family’s extensive estate.
Mute Swans Over Bear Mountain Bridge
John Gould, Oil on Canvas, 1985
On loan from the Bethlehem Art Gallery - the Legacy of Artist John F. Gould Collection
Bear Mountain State Park was first opened in 1913. It attracted over 1 million visitors during its first full year of operation. Today, the Park remains one of the most popular destinations for campers and hikers in the nation.
About the Artist: John Gould (1906-1996) was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. He moved to New York to attend school and after graduating from the Pratt Institute Art School in 1926 he embarked on a career as an art instructor and illustrator. He also devoted much of his time to creating works of art that reflected the natural beauty and wildlife of the Mid-Hudson Valley.
Poughkeepsie, New York
J.M. Evans, Oil on Canvas, ca. 1870
On loan from the Fenimore Art Museum
Poughkeepsie once served as the capital of New York State and was an important Hudson River port in the 19th century for ships traveling to and from New York City.
About the Artist: Very little is known about J.M. Evans (?-1870) other than that he was an artist active in the middle of the 19th century.