Pompton Plains, New Jersey

Jasper Francis Cropsey American

Not on view

Cropsey had worked six years in England before returning to the United States in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War. At home his work in landscape shifted to spatial compositions such as "Battlefield at Gettysburg" (unlocated), "The Valley of Wyoming" (66.113), and "Pompton Plains, New Jersey". These pictures reflect not only the artist's patriotism but his renewed interest in the aesthetics of his contemporaries, such as Sanford Gifford, whose "Kauterskill Clove" (15.30.62) helped define the aerial luminism that marked much of the work of the second-generation Hudson River School. The providential overtone of the all-pervasive light falling on the landscape here is detectable in the focal detail of the church steeple near the horizon at center.

Pompton Plains, New Jersey, Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, Rossville, New York 1823–1900 Hastings-on-Hudson, New York), Oil on canvas, American

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