Asher B. Durand was a celebrated American painter, engraver, and illustrator born in Jefferson Village (now Maplewood), New Jersey on August 21, 1796. Early in his career, he studied engraving before becoming an apprentice and partner to the engraver Peter Maverick. Durand eventually established himself as an influential figure in the arts and became known as the “father of American landscape painting”.
Durand’s work showcased naturalistic landscapes that captured the untamed beauty of the American wilderness based on close observations of the natural world. He was a major exponent of the Hudson River School style of painting that focused on landscapes depicting romanticism’s power and beauty while also emphasizing America’s uniqueness.
Throughout his life, Durand continued to paint images revered for their realism and stylistic sensibility even though his picturesque compositions were sometimes criticized for not being literal enough. His meticulous works can be found at prominent museums around the United States, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and others.
In conclusion, Asher B. Durand remains one of America’s greatest artists whose influence still reverberates till today. His dedication to capturing realistic depictions served as inspiration for many contemporary landscape painters who followed suit with similar styles showcasing nature characteristics respectively but none could quite match Durand’s remarkable legacy.
All Asher Durand Artwork on Artchive
|Rocky Cliff||c. 1860||Oil On Canvas|
|Study From Nature: Rocks And Trees||c. 1836||Oil On Canvas|
|Interior Of A Wood||c. 1850||Oil On Canvas|
|The Beeches||1845||Oil On Canvas|
|Dover Plains, Dutchess County, New York||1848||Oil on Canvas|
|Early Morning at Cold Spring||1850||oil|
|In the Woods||1855||In the Woods|
|Kindred Spirits||1849||Oil on Canvas|