We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I guess I am a bit of a Gilbert Munger (1830-1904) fan, although I cannot say that he had an entirely coherent body of work - but who does?
Others of the Hudson River School achieved much more prominence, and one of Munger's claims to fame was spending a day sketching with Bierstadt, the master of the School. But Connecticut-born Munger did get around a bit, from Yosemite to Venice, his work evolved, and did not have the over-dramatic Victorian quality that Bierstat is sometimes accused of.
But man, would I like to have a Munger over my office fireplace. The image is is Cazenovia Cornfield, but look at his pictures on the link - good stuff.
This is his Lake Marian, Humboldt Range, Nevada, 1871:
It's nice when someone notives a piece of the Gilbert Munger Web site and comments on Munger's work. For those who want to explore further, acomplete archive of Munger's and period document about him is available at http://gilbertmunger.org. This is a non-commercial site hosted by the Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota Duluth. (If you are wondering what Munger had to do with Duluth, that can be your first Munger research project. The answer is on the Web site.)
Munger is great. Thomas Moran is great. John Henry Twatchman, of all people, did some great Western stuff too. The original California plein air painters are great. Any of them would be perfect on that blank spot on the dining room wall. The wall in the living room above the red chair could use a painting, too. Now, larger stuff would probably have to end up hanging in the garage. What I really want is "Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone." I'm sure the Renwick staff would help me carry it out to the truck. Though the revolving doors at the museum entrance might be an issue. I'll have to think this through.
Grew up with Hudson River School art all around. Cazenovia, NY is a favorite place as is Lake George. I buy the old framed chromolithograph prints of the art style for very little money and have at least a dozen of them in my office. Many people think that the paintings and prints are heavily romanticized but after visiting some of these places, I think they are often fairly accurate renderings of the beautiful country throughout America, especially when the light is from a sunset or sunrise or a thunderstorm. Those Cazenovia fields and Lake George Mountains are still there and still glowing.
When taking some scenic digital photos lately, I sure have noticed that it is about what gets left out of the frame, almost as much as what gets included. One of my favorite spots to shoot pretty photos of the lake is from a mall parking lot.
Also, must say the paintings are so much more beautiful than any print can ever, ever be. Really cannot compare them. I do not think the depth of the light in the paintings can be copied. Would love to own one. Could replace the large old sepia print of WW1 soldiers on Indian motorcycles that is in the dining room. Maybe move it to the garage. Or to the...nevermind.
But am happy with any opportunity to see Hudson River School paintings in person. Is a rare occurence now.