Esopus Creek and Meadow

Henry S. Suydam (American, ca. 1804–1888)
ca. 1850
MediumOil on board
Dimensions10 × 18 inches
CreditMuseum Purchase, 1883
Accession Number83.11

The perfect stillness of Suydam’s water sets the mood in this quiet scene. The artist highlighted the beauty and peaceful qualities of a Catskill Mountain valley, rather than the fearsome sublimity seen in many earlier Hudson River School paintings.  Suydam’s crisp treatment of color and light instead aligns him with a group of artists who in the mid 20th century were distinguished by scholars as the Luminists.