Samuel Colman used art to celebrate the forces of nature at a time when the world was rapidly modernizing. Born in Maine as the son of a well-known etcher, Colman studied under Hudson River School painter Asher B. Durand. An artist of wide interests, Colman traveled throughout Europe and North Africa, collected Asian prints and porcelain, and collaborated on interior design projects with Louis Comfort Tiffany. His best known works meticulously capture the landscapes of the Hudson River valley, Lake George, and New Hampshire’s White Mountains with an atmospheric style influenced by Romantic painter J. M. W. Turner and the Barbizon school. Even when executed in oil, his work shows a delicate mastery of watercolor techniques, as in the case of his most famous piece, Storm King on the Hudson (1866).