Hawthorne Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of its upcoming exhibition, Soaring Sights: Luminist Landscapes by Female Hudson River School Painters (1825-1875). Featuring a selection of women artists who were active throughout the nineteenth century, the exhibition focuses on these women’s contributions to the history of the Hudson River School, Luminism, and American landscape painting. Spanning half a century, the paintings on view represent a cross-section of landscapes from painters with a unique points of view and various levels of formal training.
While visitors will be familiar with the work of slightly more well-known artists—such as Sarah Cole, the younger sister of Thomas Cole, or Julie Hart Beers, whose brothers James and William Hart were renowned painters of the same style—the exhibition will also focus on equally talented painters whose work is more often obscured. Soaring Sights will include contributions from artists Isabella Bissett, Abby T. Oakes, Helen Mary Knowlton, Mary Josephine Walters, Julia Bacon, Agnes Brown, Ella Ferris Pell, Virginia Chandler Titcomb, Laura Woodward, and Susie M. Barstow. When viewed together, these landscape scenes will underscore the breadth, depth, and dexterity with which women met the challenge of painting the New England landscape with attention to its light and atmosphere, in unique compliment to their male peers.
Soaring Sights will be on view from February 16—April 20, 2017, by appointment only. For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact the gallery by email, or by phone at 212.731.0550. View the ad, here.
Isabella Bissett (1830-1870), Catskill Landscape, c. 1850’s. Oil on canvas, 7 x 13 inches. Signed on stretcher. Collection of Hawthorne Fine Art.
Julia Bacon (1861-1901), Hudson River Valley Vista. Oil on canvas, 14 x 22 inches. Initialed lower right. Collection of Hawthorne Fine Art.
Agnes Brown (1847-1932), Landscape with White Birch. Oil on board, 13 5/8 x 10 ¼ inches. Signed verso. Collection of Hawthorne Fine Art.
Mary Josephine Walters (1837-1883), Study of Ferns. Oil on canvas, 6 x 8 inches. Signed lower center. Collection of Hawthorne Fine Art.
Mary Josephine Walters (1837-1883), Autumn River with Punt in the Reeds. Oil on canvas, 13 ¼ x 23 ¾ inches. Inscribed in pencil on the stretcher. Collection of Hawthorne Fine Art.
Julie Hart Beers (1835-1913), Landscape with Pond. Oil on panel, 3 ¾ x 7 ¼ inches. Signed lower left. Collection of Hawthorne Fine Art.
Isabella Bissett (1830-1870), Hudson Valley Landscape, c. 1850’s. Oil on canvas, 7 x 13 inches. Signed on stretcher. Collection of Hawthorne Fine Art.
Abigail Tyler Oakes (1823-1898), View of the Hudson River, 1854. Oil on canvas, 17 ¾ x 24 inches. Signed and dated, lower center. Collection of Hawthorne Fine Art.
Virginia Chandler Titcomb (1838-1912), In the Catskills, Looking Towards Hunter Mountain. Oil on canvas, 9 x 14 inches. Inscribed with title and initials on stretcher, verso. Collection of Hawthorne Fine Art.
Susie M. Barstow (1836-1923), In the White Mountains, 1872. Oil on canvas, 9 x 12 3/4 inches. Signed and dated 1872, lower right. Collection of Hawthorne Fine Art.
Helen Mary Knowlton (1832-1918), Forest Path. Oil on canvas, 28 ½ x 22 ½ inches. Signed lower right. Collection of Hawthorne Fine Art.