Exploring the Land documents American artists’ continuing fascination with the American landscape. The breadth of the exhibition, which includes both nineteenth-and twentieth-century works of art, enables the viewer to make some interesting comparisons.
For example, a small painting of a sylvan glade created in 1862 by Worthington Whittredge, one of the most prominent of the Hudson River school artists, captures the grandeur of the landscape—the so-called “New Eden.” He hints at the presence of God in nature through his depiction of cathedral-like arched tree boughs. The Hudson River school believed that nature in the form of the American landscape was a manifestation of God. Their reverence for America’s natural beauty was shared by American writers of the period, including Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Exploring the Land is complemented by several little-seen works of art by Sally Mann, William C. A. Frerichs, and others from the Morris Museum’s collection.
Exhibition overview from museum website