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The Kaaterskill Clove - Hudson River School's Muse

The artists of the Hudson River School found inspiration from the Kaaterskill Clove.  Paintings such as Asher B. Durand's "Kindred Spirits" and many of Thomas Cole's works of art set the stage for other artists such as Frederic Church, Sanford Gifford, and Jervis McEntee to create some of America's greatest landscape paintings. 

Founder of the Hudson River School

Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole, a landscape painter from England, became the father of America’s first truly distinguished artistic style, the Hudson River School. How did he do it? One breathtaking vista at a time.

Thomas Cole's Mentee

Frederic Edwin Church

Frederic Edwin Church was an American Romantic landscape painter and mentee of Thomas Cole at the Hudson River School.

Asher Brown Durand

Sanford Gifford

The Mother of Interior Design

Candace Wheeler

Jervis McEntee

Like Church, McEntee was a landscape artist, but he distinguished himself from his mentor by painting small "snapshot" views rather than the popular panoramas of the time. Also, while other artists were painting a romanticized rendition of the rural surroundings of the Catskills area, McEntee became known for his simple, naturalistic, detailed paintings

More Inspiration

Discover more famous individuals that had work inspired by the beautiful Catskill Mountains.