Mid-19th C Antique American Hudson River School Oil On Millboard Landscape 1855
MID-19TH CENTURY UNSIGNED ANTIQUE AMERICAN FOLK ART HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL OIL ON. Mid-19th c Hudson River School landscape painting. 21" Width x 15" Height (unframed). This untouched, authentic and 100%, completely original mid-19th century American Hudson River School oil on pressed mill board landscape painting is being offered in'as-found,''as-discovered' antique condition. There are episodes of some minor, superficial paint loss in areas, which interestingly, doesn't seem to detract from the overall viewing of the work as a whole. It was found here in southern New Hampshire and was discovered without a period frame, or at least without a frame on it. The artist board (or 19th century pressed artist mill board) was used during this period by artists, as it was newly introduced and could be more easily used'en plein aire' and creating landscape paintings on site, without stretching a canvas and dealing with wind and the possibility of the canvas being damaged, ripped or torn. The mill board awarded artists of the mid-19th century more flexibility and they often created works on it. It was especially appealing to the budding new generation of Hudson River School artists, who emerged in the 1850's and were active up until the devastation and national preoccupation of the US Civil War, which broke out in 1861. This particular painting has many of the characteristics and hallmarks of Hudson River School painting, with winding, meandering rivers, a horizon peppered with tall, majestic mountain peaks and a magical rendition of the raw, seemingly endless, vast American landscape. The scene features a stately, columned residence up on a bluff on the left, perhaps a classical inspired Georgian estate, much like the Mount Vernon, Virginia vast estate of the first US President, General George Washington. The groomed and fairly manicured expanse of green is park-like and shows human maintenance and upkeep. But to the right, the managed natural landscape seems to give way to water and to rolling hills and mountains not too far off in the distance and the unmanaged great unknown that lies behind them. If you were to look west, this, according to this group of itinerant artists of the Hudson River School , is most likely what you'd see. This is not just a landscape but a romantic landscape. Here we see a spouting marble fountain, with classical elements in the near center of the painting, as a kind of epicenter of the entire work. There are what appear to be managed grass lawns, pathways and a near park-like setting shadowed by a canopy of large deciduous trees, only to find the scene to quickly transition into a far less managed, wild and raw American landscape, that was still mysterious and remained a great enigma. Here the message, if there is one, is somehow of human beings and the society we create, living hand-in-hand with the bounties of limitless nature and taking advantage of and being the beneficiary of what nature and only nature can provide, should we seek harmony and a sense of equilibrium and shared destiny. An outstanding American period landscape painting in absolutely fresh and untouched condition.
This period, mid-19th century American landscape painting has not been tampered with. Fair to Good overall antique condition. Please carefully review all the photographs, as well as thoroughly read the description. This mid-19th century oil on mill board has not been touched.
It has not been restored and no attempt has been made to in-paint or to to otherwise conceal the condition it's presently in. There's some minor paint loss in areas of the painting. Of course, the painting could be left alone (as we opted to do) or it could just as easily be restored by trained, professional hands. We have chosen and decided not to touch it and to offer it in'estate' condition, without intervention or alterations. It's such a magnificent American 19th century landscape painting, we wanted to offer it as it was originally constituted, even if that meant not fixing and repairing the areas of paint loss. Again, the loss is minor and could be easily restored. The mill board itself is in very good condition, with no corner folds, creases, water damage or stains. There are no appreciable abrasions or areas of paint loss. The paint loss seems to be relegated perhaps to one unstable color, which over time and with exposure to moisture, was somewhat diminished.
It's still a visually exciting, authentic and absolutely original mid-19th century American landscape painting and a painting that's at least informed by Hudson River School of 19th century landscape painting. Your eyes simply can not rest in one area and the artist ably moves you around the visualized romantic American landscape he has created. The item "MID-19TH C ANTIQUE AMERICAN HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL OIL ON MILLBOARD LANDSCAPE 1855" is in sale since Wednesday, October 31, 2018.
This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "modsanctuary" and is located in Milford, New Hampshire.
This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Height (Inches): 21" in Height
- Listed By: Dealer or Reseller
- Width (Inches): 15" in Width
- Medium: Oil on artist's board (19th c millboard)
- Originality: Original
- Artist: Unsigned
- Features: Signed
- Subject: Landscape
- Date of Creation: 1800-1899
- Size: Medium (up to 36in.)
- Style: Americana/Folk art
- Region of Origin: US
- Color: Multi-Color
- Quantity Type: Single-Piece Work
- Painting Surface: Artist board
- Year: Circa 1847-1857
- Mid-19th century: American
- 100% orig, untouched, vint cond: Oil on board landscape painting
- Hudson River School: Unsigned (most likely done by an itinerant artist)
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