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Hudson River School

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Cultures +4 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary

Today, the United States' borders are much larger than what they were 250 years ago. With the release from British authority, the United States faced the challenge of expanding westwards, bound by no outside law.

Art was perhaps the most compelling form of storytelling. Whether it was about certain war victories, discovery of land, or peace treaties, art was a popular way of depicting what had taken place.

Art during this era was also a form of propaganda: it had to be beautiful, depict the west as a place of grand spectacles and such. It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that heavy romantic themes would dominate this era of art. This was called the Hudson River School movement, which often exaggerated the beauty of American nature. As a result, we get to explore three major themes associated with Western Expansion: discovery, exploration, and settlement. Examine how these pictures make you as the audience feel, and how it might relate to the successful expansion westwards.

The Subsiding of the Waters of the Deluge

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Voyage of Life--Youth

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Progress, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Oberwesel on the Rhine, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Haying, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Rocky Landscape, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Among the Sierra Nevada, California

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Scene in the Tyrol

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Shady Pool, White Mountains, New Hampshire

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

September Afternoon

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Coast of Genoa

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Greenwood Lake

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Untitled

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Clearing Storm at Gibraltar

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Storm King on the Hudson

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Seconnet Point, Rhode Island

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Noon in the Orchard

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Landscape with Sheep

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Waterfall on Mont-Morency

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Landscape with Family by Lake

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Valley Pasture

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Pompeii

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Loch Long

Smithsonian American Art Museum

On the St. Annes, East Canada

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Scotch Highlands

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Robbing the Eagle's Nest

National Museum of African American History and Culture