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Greenwood Lake, New Jersey
Date: 1871
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall (canvas): 20 x 33 in. (50.8 x 83.8 cm) Framed: 35 in. × 48 1/8 in. × 5 3/4 in. (88.9 × 122.2 × 14.6 cm)
Credit Line: The Robert L. Stuart Collection, the gift of his widow Mrs. Mary Stuart
Object Number: S-156
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In the 1860s, Cropsey, who was trained as an architect, built Aladdin, a grand country house near Warwick, New York, not far from Greenwood Lake. This large body of water on the New Jersey and New York border was a popular resort and had been the artist's favorite haunt since the early 1840s. His tranquil sunset view of the lake reveals a nostalgic sensibility, reminding us that the Hudson River School aesthetic was on the wane by the 1870s. Cropsey's fortunes would decline as well, forcing the sale of Aladdin and his relocation in 1885 to Ever Rest at Hastings-on-Hudson. The artist's picturesque riverside villa and elaborate studio have been preserved by teh Newington Cropsey Foundation and can be visited today.

Bibliography:

Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society, Vol. I, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, p. 235.

Vedder, Lee A. "Nineteenth-century American paintings." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 146-155.

Exhibitions:

"The Great Decade in American Writing, with Paintings by Friends and Contemporaries of the Authors," American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, November 3, 1954 - January 7, 1955.

"American Light: The Luminist Movement," National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, February 10 - June 15, 1980.

"Selections from the Collection of The New-York Historical Society," New York State Office of General Services, March 18, 1998 - September 14, 2000.

"Art Inside Out," Children's Museum of Manhattan, New York, NY, September 23, 2002 - June 15, 2004.

"The Course of Empire: Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School Landscape Tradition, Selections from the New-York Historical Society," The New-York Historical Society, August 23 - November 30, 2003.

"The World of Asher B. Durand: The Artist in Antebellum New York," The New-York Historical Society, April 13 - September 30, 2007.

"Views & Visions: The Hudson River to Niagara Falls," Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, New York, July 11-December 13, 2009.

"The American Landscapes of Asher B. Durand (1796-1887)," Fundación Juan March, October 1, 2010-January 9, 2011.