Two paintings from Hawthorne Fine Art are now on display at the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey as part of the current exhibition, “The Rockies & the Alps: Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains.” The exhibition, which runs until August 19, 2018, portrays American mountain rangers through landscape art in the form of paintings, photographs, prints, sketch books, travel literature, and scientific specimens. Spanning roughly the 1830s to the 1870s, “The Rockies & the Alps” examines how major American artists dialogued with European precedents when depicting the unique landscapes of the United States.
The two paintings lent by Hawthorne Fine Art for this landmark exhibition depict the romance of mountain ranges. Gustavus Frankenstein (1827-1893), though he had emigrated to the United States with his family in 1831, painted Milky Lake, Alpsduring his trip through Europe in 1867. Similarly, Landscapeby John William Casilear (1811-1893) captures Lake Geneva, which the artist would have seen on his own travels through Europe from 1857 to 1859. The large swaths of crystal water seen in both undeniably influenced the rise of American alpine painting.
“The Rockies & the Alps: Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains” runs from March 28, 2018 to August 19, 2018. Please see http://www.newarkmuseum.org for more information.
Gustavus Frankenstein (1827-1893), Milky Lake, Alps, oil on canvas, 11 x 15 ¼ inches.
John William Casilear (1811-1893), Landscape, oil on canvas, 11 ¼ x 21 inches.