Asher Brown Durand
1796-1886 Asher Brown Durand Galleries His interest shifted from engraving to oil painting around 1830 with the encouragement of his patron, Luman Reed. In 1837, he accompanied his friend Thomas Cole on a sketching expedition to Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks and soon after he began to concentrate on landscape painting. He spent summers sketching in the Catskills, Adirondacks, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, making hundreds of drawings and oil sketches that were later incorporated into finished academy pieces which helped to define the Hudson River School. Durand is particularly remembered for his detailed portrayals of trees, rocks, and foliage. He was an advocate for drawing directly from nature with as much realism as possible. Durand wrote, "Let [the artist] scrupulously accept whatever [nature] presents him until he shall, in a degree, have become intimate with her infinity...never let him profane her sacredness by a willful departure from truth." Like other Hudson River School artists, Durand also believed that nature was an ineffable manifestation of God. He expressed this sentiment and his general views on art in his "Letters on Landscape Painting" in The Crayon, a mid-19th century New York art periodical. Wrote Durand, "[T]he true province of Landscape Art is the representation of the work of God in the visible creation..." Durand is noted for his 1849 painting Kindred Spirits which shows fellow Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole and poet William Cullen Bryant in a Catskills landscape. This was painted as a tribute to Cole upon his death in 1848. The painting, donated by Bryant's daughter Julia to the New York Public Library in 1904, was sold by the library through Sotheby's at an auction in May 2005 to Alice Walton for a purported $35 million. The sale was conducted as a sealed, first bid auction, so the actual sales price is not known. At $35 million, however, it would be a record price paid for an American painting at the time.

 

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Asher Brown Durand A Pastoral Scene oil painting   

Painting ID::  3956
Asher Brown Durand
A Pastoral Scene
1858 21 7/8 x 32 3/8 in/(55.5 x 82.3 cm) NGA, Washington

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand Pastoral Landscape oil painting   

Painting ID::  3957
Asher Brown Durand
Pastoral Landscape
1861 39 x 60 1/16 in/(99 x 152.5 cm) NGA, Washington

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand The Beeches oil painting   

Painting ID::  3958
Asher Brown Durand
The Beeches
1845 Musee des Beaux Arts, Carcassonne

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand Kindred Spirits oil painting   

Painting ID::  3959
Asher Brown Durand
Kindred Spirits
1849

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand Study from Rocks and Trees oil painting   

Painting ID::  3960
Asher Brown Durand
Study from Rocks and Trees
1853 The Warner Collection

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand White Mountain Scenery oil painting   

Painting ID::  3961
Asher Brown Durand
White Mountain Scenery

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand Day of Rest oil painting   

Painting ID::  3962
Asher Brown Durand
Day of Rest

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand Genesee Valley Landscape oil painting   

Painting ID::  3963
Asher Brown Durand
Genesee Valley Landscape

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand Summer Afternoon oil painting   

Painting ID::  3964
Asher Brown Durand
Summer Afternoon

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand White Mountain Scenery oil painting   

Painting ID::  3965
Asher Brown Durand
White Mountain Scenery

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand Les hetres oil painting   

Painting ID::  31682
Asher Brown Durand
Les hetres
mk75 1845 Huile sur toile 153.4x122.2cm

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand Kindred Spirits oil painting   

Painting ID::  31908
Asher Brown Durand
Kindred Spirits
mk77 1849 Oil on canvs 44x36in

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand Dover Plain,Dutchess County oil painting   

Painting ID::  38333
Asher Brown Durand
Dover Plain,Dutchess County
mk136 New York Oil on canvas 1848

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand The First Harvest in the Wilderness oil painting   

Painting ID::  39066
Asher Brown Durand
The First Harvest in the Wilderness
mk140 1855 Oil on cnavas 80.3x122cm

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand The Croyon oil painting   

Painting ID::  39279
Asher Brown Durand
The Croyon
mk146 Oil on canvas Jan. 17 1855

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand Dance on the Battery in the Presence of Peter Stuyvesant oil painting   

Painting ID::  39742
Asher Brown Durand
Dance on the Battery in the Presence of Peter Stuyvesant
mk151 1838

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand Verwandte Seelen oil painting   

Painting ID::  45197
Asher Brown Durand
Verwandte Seelen
mk181 1849 New York The New York Public Library

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand Fortschritt oil painting   

Painting ID::  45200
Asher Brown Durand
Fortschritt
mk181 1853 Tuscaloosa

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand Verwandte Seele oil painting   

Painting ID::  45223
Asher Brown Durand
Verwandte Seele
mk181 1849 New York

   
   
     

 

 

Asher Brown Durand Fruher Morgen bei Cold Spring oil painting   

Painting ID::  45330
Asher Brown Durand
Fruher Morgen bei Cold Spring
mk181 1850 Montclair

   
   
     

 

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Asher Brown Durand
1796-1886 Asher Brown Durand Galleries His interest shifted from engraving to oil painting around 1830 with the encouragement of his patron, Luman Reed. In 1837, he accompanied his friend Thomas Cole on a sketching expedition to Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks and soon after he began to concentrate on landscape painting. He spent summers sketching in the Catskills, Adirondacks, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, making hundreds of drawings and oil sketches that were later incorporated into finished academy pieces which helped to define the Hudson River School. Durand is particularly remembered for his detailed portrayals of trees, rocks, and foliage. He was an advocate for drawing directly from nature with as much realism as possible. Durand wrote, "Let [the artist] scrupulously accept whatever [nature] presents him until he shall, in a degree, have become intimate with her infinity...never let him profane her sacredness by a willful departure from truth." Like other Hudson River School artists, Durand also believed that nature was an ineffable manifestation of God. He expressed this sentiment and his general views on art in his "Letters on Landscape Painting" in The Crayon, a mid-19th century New York art periodical. Wrote Durand, "[T]he true province of Landscape Art is the representation of the work of God in the visible creation..." Durand is noted for his 1849 painting Kindred Spirits which shows fellow Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole and poet William Cullen Bryant in a Catskills landscape. This was painted as a tribute to Cole upon his death in 1848. The painting, donated by Bryant's daughter Julia to the New York Public Library in 1904, was sold by the library through Sotheby's at an auction in May 2005 to Alice Walton for a purported $35 million. The sale was conducted as a sealed, first bid auction, so the actual sales price is not known. At $35 million, however, it would be a record price paid for an American painting at the time.