David Johnson

American, 1827–1908

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David Johnson

American, 1827–1908

Biography

David Johnson’s delicate panoramic landscapes and feathery brushwork earned him the nickname “the American Rousseau”. He was a member of the second generation of Hudson River School artists, and like his contemporaries, he worked directly from nature on sketching trips throughout upstate New York, often creating detailed studies of rock formations in the style of Asher B. Durand. His early work is characterized by carefully constructed landscapes of meticulous realism with high-intensity colors in the tradition of the American Pre-Raphaelites, while later works focused on the effects of light on river landscapes in the Luminist style, or pastoral scenes in a looser, more tonal mode influenced by the Barbizon school.

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David Johnson’s delicate panoramic landscapes and feathery brushwork earned him the nickname “the American Rousseau”. He was a member of the second generation of Hudson River School artists, and like his contemporaries, he worked directly from nature on sketching trips throughout upstate New York, often creating detailed studies of rock formations in the style of Asher B. Durand. His early work is characterized by carefully constructed landscapes of meticulous realism with high-intensity colors in the tradition of the American Pre-Raphaelites, while later works focused on the effects of light on river landscapes in the Luminist style, or pastoral scenes in a looser, more tonal mode influenced by the Barbizon school.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Dallas Museum of Art
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)