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Mt. Pleasant from the Ammonoosuc, White Mts.

Smith, Russell

Mt. Pleasant from the Ammonoosuc, White Mts.

oil on paper

1979 Purchase funded by the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

Russell Smith captured the romantic essence of the American wilderness in this landscape painting. Like other artists of the Hudson River School, Smith painted his landscapes on site, outdoors. The term "Hudson River" was first used to describe the group of landscape artists who produced paintngs of the Hudson River Valley in New York. The term expanded to include all landscape painters in the 1860s, regardless of location, who preferred to paint outdoors rather than paint from sketches in the studio. They felt that painting on site was the only way to capture the light and atmosphere of a scene.