Thomas Worthington Whittredge, ‘Summer Pastorale (View of Kallenfels)’, 1853, Indianapolis Museum of Art

46 x 39 1/4 in. framed

Daniel P. Erwin Fund

About Thomas Worthington Whittredge

Thomas Worthington Whittredge was a leading painter of the Hudson River School whose landscapes were thought of as celebrations of nature and wildlife. While Whittredge was learning house and sign painting with his brother-in-law as a teenager, he discovered his proclivity for fine art. Largely the product of self-teaching, Whittredge’s style is a composite of European and American influences, ranging from Impressionism and Romanticism to American Realism. He became known not only for his meticulous depiction of detail and monumental compositions, but for his adept skill at painting dense foliage and speckled sunlight. Whittredge also traveled widely and worked in the company of other artists; he toured Switzerland with Albert Bierstadt, and the Rocky Mountains with Hudson River artists John Frederick Kensett and Sanford R. Gifford.

American, 1820-1910, Springfield, Ohio