David Johnson
American, 1827-1908
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
The Last New World: Important Hudson River School Paintings,
Questroyal Fine Art
Questroyal’s Ninth Annual Summer Special Sale,
Questroyal Fine Art
Town & Country: American Cityscape & Landscape Painting from 1860-Present,
MME Fine Art

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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