Monday, November 19, 2007

A New Epigraph

I spent a bit of time polishing up the poem I've been working on, and (after reading more about the Hudson River School and the Luminists) have changed the epigraph to suggest Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) as the artist who refused to write a recommendation on behalf of Martin Johnson Heade.

I don't much care for Bierstadt's work. Too many of his paintings look as if they should be displayed over a garish sofa in a single-wide trailer.


NOTE: The painting is Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite (1872) by Albert Bierstadt, from the collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art.


Blogger Leslie said...

I once wrote a paper that traced the linkages among Wordsworth and the romantics, English garden design (Capability Brown), Frederick Law Olmsted, the hudson river school and the rise of the american national park system.

Bierstadt seems more allied to the earlier romantics. Pretty in a way we find over the top, sans danger.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Tania Rochelle said...

I love the painting! At least upgrade your opinion to doublewide.

9:21 PM  

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