Blog Posts tagged with William Louis Sonntag

William Louis Sonntag (1822-1900) - "Mountain Sunset" - courtesy Questroyal Fine Art, LLC

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Posted: January 18, 2011 17:02 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

"When and how, therefore, did the generations perceive that the Cropseys, generically speaking, wouldn't do? When and how, still more, did they begin to perceive that the Hudson River wouldn't, and doesn't?" So inquired writer Henry James about the events by which, in the nineteenth-century, the Hudson River School—which he personified as "the Cropseys"—became passé. A poignant moment in their decline was captured in the diaries of artist Jervis McEntee, which are online and browsable at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. It is the kind of first-hand historical account that was pr...


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