Hudson River School

By Flor D. Torres

Hudson River School was

A large group of American landscape painters of several generations who worked between about 1825 and 1870 whose vision was influenced by the roots of European romanticism.
  • The name refers to a similarity of intent rather than to a geographic location.
  • The Hudson River school was the first school of painting in the United States.
  • Members of the group drew inspiration from the north of New York City, nearby locations in New England and in the wilderness in the Hudson River valley.


The early leaders of the Hudson River school were Thomas Doughty, Asher Durand, and Thomas Cole, all of whom worked in the open and painted reverential.