In Nature’s Studio: Two Centuries of American Landscape Painting  | Hunter Museum of American Art 7.0.33-0+deb9u12

In Nature’s Studio: Two Centuries of American Landscape Painting 

On View May 26, 2023 - September 4, 2023

In Nature’s Studio features the bounty and beauty of the American landscape from the early nineteenth century through the late twentieth century. This visually stunning exhibition explores the Hudson River School and the emergence of the first uniquely American artistic movement; Impressionism and Tonalism at the turn of the century; and Modern trends in interpreting the landscape. 


More than sixty-five paintings are featured in the exhibition including works by George Bellows, Ralph Albert Blakelock, Frederic Church, Elliot Daingerfield, Arthur Bowen Davies, Childe Hassam, George Inness, Elizabeth Osborne, Andrew Wyeth, and N. C. Wyeth, among others. 


In Nature’s Studio combines early depictions of bucolic American vistas—intimate forest interiors, sweeping panoramic views of natural wonders, and dramatic images of the untamed land and sea—with scenes of Europe, western Asia, and South America. The progression from realistic depictions of pastoral landscapes to the stylized impressions of time and place reflect the sensibilities of visual culture in the United States for more than 100 years. 


Click here to learn more about In Nature’s Studio from Hunter Curator Lauren Nye on Scenic Roots. 



Exhibition Opening: In Nature’s Studio | Thursday, May 25, 6-8PM

Throwback Thursday | Thursday, June 1, 4-8PM

Creating In Nature’s Studio: Making Pigments from Native Plants | Sunday, June 18, 2-4PM

Sunday Studio | Sunday, June 9, 2-4PM

Throwback Thursday | Thursday, July 6, 4-8PM

Honoring the Land and Creating in its Reflection | Thursday, July 13, 6-7:30PM

Art + Issues: Sustainability and Out Environment | Thursday, July 20, 6-7PM

Art Wise: Scott Schweigert | Thursday, July 27, 6-7PM

In Nature’s Studio: Williams Island | Saturday, Jul 29, 10-4PM

Throwback Thursday | Thursday, August 3, 4-8PM

Vision + Verse: Inspired by the Land | Thursday August 3, 6-7PM

Ballet Esprit Celebrate the Landscape | Thursday, August 10, 6-7PM

Creating in Nature’s Studio: Sunset Paddle and Landscape Photography | Saturday, August 12, 7-10pm

Family Fun Day: In Nature’s Studio | Sunday, August 13, 2-4PM 

Create & Sip: Painted and Collaged Landscapes | Thursday, August 17, 6-7:30PM


In Nature’s Studio: Two Centuries of American Landscape Painting is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.


Exhibition is generously sponsored by Southeastern Trust Company



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HEADER IMAGE: Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826 –1900), Syria: Ruins by the Sea, 1873 –1874, oil on canvas, 10 1/2 x 16 inches, Museum Purchase, 1922.157.1. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania. 


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