With its craggy mountains, unspoiled forests, wild rivers, vast prairies and open sky, the immense territory that makes up the Americas was bound to kindle the imagination of artists. Notably, while early portraiture and history paintings on these shores mostly emulated European art traditions, the land inspired the first new movement—the idealized, luminous naturalism of the Hudson River School.
Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Through Jan. 18, 2016