October 13, 2017
Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900), Sunset, Hudson River, 1897, lithograph, 12 x 20 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Robert W. Metcalf, 1972.
Today’s artwork of the day highlights the beautiful autumn season. This autumn view of the Hudson River at sunset depicts the area just north of the artist’s retirement cottage in the town of Hastings-on-Hudson. The artist called this locale “one of the finest passages of scenery of the river.” Autumn, with its rich colors, was a favored season among many landscape painters of the time. Cropsey specialized in painting the fall for half a century, devoting himself almost exclusively to that theme in his later career.