2014 49¢ Hudson River Schools Paintings
Block of 4
Issue Date: August 21, 2014
City: Hartford, CT
Quantity: 100 million
Printed By: CCL Label
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 10¾
These stamps are the 12th issue in the American Treasures series. The artwork includes the 1912 Thomas Moran painting “Grand Canyon”; “Summer Afternoon” painted by Asher B. Durand in 1865; the 1856 oil painting “Sunset” by Frederic Edwin Church; and the 1830 oil painting “Distant View of Niagara Falls” by Thomas Cole.
The so-called Hudson River School of Landscape Painting emerged in the United States in the late 1820s as an artistic celebration of nature in its purest form. As artists began painting portrait subjects in front of backgrounds of hills, streams, and trees, the natural settings took over as the focal point. Landscape painting became a major style of art in itself.
The Hudson River School was named to identify the movement toward landscape painting and to classify artists of this style. Many of the artists worked or lived near the Hudson River area of New York City and often would travel to the country for inspiration. The vast, unspoiled landscapes of the mid-19th century Hudson River Valley and Catskills regions offered perfect subject matter for the new artistic focus.
Hudson River artists used invisible brushstrokes to capture the most minute details of nature on the grandest scale. Their paintings feature tranquil landscapes under blue skies, often illuminated by a sunrise or sunset.
The style dominated the art world for the better part of the 19th century. Considered the first truly American style of art, the Hudson River School of Landscape Painting is still a preferred style among many art enthusiasts.