Samuel Colman (1832–1920)

  • Samuel Colman (1832–1920)
  • Palisades on the Hudson
  • Oil on card
  • 5½ x 10½ inches

In 1867, prominent critic Henry Tuckerman wrote that, “to the eye of refined taste, to the quiet lover of nature, there is a peculiar charm in Colman’s style which, sooner or later, will be greatly appreciated.”[1] Tuckerman was correct—today, Colman, a second-generation Hudson River School painter, is greatly admired for his quiet, sensitive and poetic approach to the depiction of landscape.

Born in Portland, Maine, Colman moved to New York City at an early age. His father, a publisher of and dealer in fine art books, was instrumental in introducing Colman to many of the leading artists and writers of his day. Colman’s early style was very much influenced by Asher B. Durand, with whom he studied. At the age of eighteen, the young artist had already exhibited at the National Academy of Design and by age twenty-two had become one of its Associates. Colman was also one of the founders and the first president of the American Society of Watercolor Painters. Today, his work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, New York Public Library, and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

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Samuel Colman Palisades on the Hudson
Samuel Colman Palisades on the Hudson