Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900)

In an American tradition rich with landscape painters only one artist of merit focused only on one season -- Jasper Cropsey, on autumn. He was an emblematic painter of the Hudson River School, and in his later years specialized in scenes with fall coloring, finding in the warm, mellow tones of autumnal foliage a counterpart to his deep, almost religious, feeling in the presence of nature. Trained as an architect, Cropsey was a knowing draftsman as well as a gifted colorist . . .

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[Painting: Autumn Greenwood Lake, 1866]