Oil on canvas, 1853, signed 'H Ary' and dated lower left, lined.
30 x 44 in., 38 1/2 x 52 in. (frame).
Note: Hudson, New York painter Henry Ary settled here in 1844 and spent most of his career painting in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains. On the west side of the Hudson River, Ary was influenced by his mentor, Thomas Cole, who had encouraged him to abandon portrait painting to focus on the landscape of the Hudson Valley. Ary sketched on the Hudson River and in the Catskills with his friend, Hudson River School painter Sanford Gifford. This landscape offered them interesting compositions with contrasting textures of mountains, water, forest and shoreline. This view in the Catskill Mountains is an example of the contrasts and variety of the Hudson Valley and also shows Ary's commitment to a progressive philosophy in landscape painting that recognizes man's imprint on the local landscape.