Asher B. Durand Painting

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To Delineate Painting from Poem:
Asher B. Durand’s
Landscape—A Scene from “Thanatopsis”

American cultural movements intertwine all aspects of the nation’s society: art, literature and architecture, philosophy and music—particularly the former two. Art and literature are constantly entwined, exemplifying one another and their own fields. Regarding American cultural movements, such as American Romanticism, significant individuals become familiar with one another’s work, resulting in inspiration that leads to creative works that pay homage to another artist’s work. Asher B. Durand’s Landscape—A Scene from “Thanatopsis,” inspired by Romantic poet William Cullen Bryant, exemplifies artist familiarity that results in multifaceted cultural creations. Both Bryant and Durand hail from the American Romantic movement, which emphasized nature as a source of refuge and rest, knowledge, and religious revelation. The painting has yet to be investigated beyond a visualization of Bryant’s work, illustrated by many reviews contemporary of 1850 as well as current scholarship. A deeper exploration of Durand’s work provides insight regarding prevalent creative themes of the current world of arts, as well as a look into Durand’s most honest inspiration as an artist. Though creating separate works—that must remain distinguishable for proper analysis of either work—Bryant and Durand investigated the themes of man and nature, individualism and the inner and after lives. Through detailing natural elements that emphasize the life cycle, Durand creates literary art that pays tribute to William Cullen Bryant’s Thanatopsis and to the American Romanticism movement.
Asher B. Durand lived a highly successful six-decade career that “spanned the rise, dominance and eclipse” of landscape painting as a national enterprise. As a leading member of the art association known as the Hudson River…...

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