HUDSON RIVER SHOOL – Circa 1843 -1860
Like many early American artists, this artwork was probably inspired from a etching or engraving. The view of the Hudson River has a boat, remnants of covered bridge and mountains in the distance. A country river road in the foreground with cottage and farm animals. Among all forms of nature is a stiff poised figure fishing in the foreground. Shown is a playful sense of composition and high romantic exaggeration. The artists imagination reflects a romantic style of folk aesthetics.
Thomas Chambers (1808-1866) Little is known about his life, born in England in1808. It is known that he came to American in 1832, likely without formal art training, and became a naturalized citizen. Thomas Chambers became a painter known for landscape and marine scenes, especially of the Hudson River from Albany and from New York City, all in naive, primitive style with bold color, rhythmic shapes applied with brushwork that made his work seem vital and lively. He differed from most painters of primitive style because he used large, rhythmic shapes with light and shadow instead of flat forms. From 1834 to 1843, he was listed in the New York City directory; from 1843 to 1851 in Boston; and then in Albany and NY City.
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