The Color of the Moon: Lunar Painting in American Art


200 pages; softcover. Co-published by Hudson River Museum, Fordham University Press, and the Michener Art Museum.


The Color of the Moon: Lunar Painting in American Art reveals the longing romanticism for this celestial body in the shimmery silver moonscapes of nineteenth-century artists, including Thomas Cole, Father of the Hudson River School, Jasper Cropsey, Frederic Church, Albert Bierstadt, Susie M. Barstow, George Inness, Edward Bannister, Ralph Blakelock, Winslow Homer, and Childe Hassam.

Scientific inquiry stimulated the thirst for moonlight for the exhibition’s twentieth-century artists, among them―George Ault, Arthur Dove, Charles Burchfield, Edward Steichen, Oscar Bleumner, Agnes Pelton, Marguerite Zorach, Norman Rockwell, Joseph Cornell, and Jamie Wyeth, who explore abstractions of a full moon as the perfect orb, while tapping into its spiritual possibilities. Other artists show our race toward space, as we cling to our age-old attraction to the chill, distant moon always in our sky.

Laura L. Vookles (Editor), Bartholomew F. Bland (Editor), Stella Paul (Contributor), Ted Barrow (Contributor), Melissa Martens Yaverbaum (Contributor).