Hike in the footsteps of Sanford Gifford

You’ve seen the paintings, now get out there and see the views.

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The Hudson River School Art Trail

Follow the footsteps of 19th century Hudson River School artists and trace the origins of America’s first major art movement back to nature. These famous scenes now hang in museums and private collections all over the world, but the originals are out there in the wilderness for you to experience.

The special exhibition Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills is now on view at the Thomas Cole Site through October 29, 2017. The curator of the exhibition, Kevin Avery, Senior Research Scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has created a special selection of HRS Art Trail sites that correspond to paintings in the exhibition. Visit the Cole Site to see the 19th century paintings on view in Thomas Cole’s New Studio gallery, then grab your hiking books and hit the road. To see all the sites on the HRS Art Trail, visit Hudson River School Art Trail. The Trail extends throughout the Hudson Valley, the Catskills, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Site #4 Kaaterskill Clove
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Sanford Robinson Gifford, Twilight Park (Kauterskill Clove, from Haines Falls), 1860–61. Oil on canvas, 8¾ × 14? in. Signed, on the stretcher: S R Gifford; inscribed, on the stretcher: Bought by [Julia?] B. [Wilkinson?] 1881. Logan and Penelope Delany Photograph: A. J. Kollar Fine Paintings

Kevin Avery, Kaaterskill Clove

Site #5 Kaaterskill Falls
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Sanford Robinson Gifford, Kauterskill Falls, 1846. Oil on paper, 15 × 10? in. Signed and dated, lower left: S R Gifford / 1846 SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, Gift of Dr. Paul and Mrs. Mindy Bradley

Kaaterskill Falls, Courtesy of www.tripadvisor.com

Site #7 Sunset Rock
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Sanford Robinson Gifford, The Catskill Mountain House, 1862. Oil on canvas, 9 1/8 x 18 ½ in. Signed and dated, lower left: S R Gifford ’62, Private collection

Kevin Avery, Sunset Rock

Site #9 Mount Merino
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Sanford Robinson Gifford, Mount Merino, 1861. Oil on canvas, 11 × 22 in. Signed and dated, lower left: S R Gifford 1860. Private collection

Kevin Avery, View from Promenade Park, Hudson, NY

Site #14 Shawangunk Mountains from Sky Top
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Sanford Robinson Gifford, The Shawangunk Mountains, 1864. Oil on canvas, 9 x 16 in. Signed and dated, lower left: S R Gifford 1864, Mrs. Cheryl and Mr. Blair Effron.

Pril Smiley, Shawangunk Mountains from Skytop

Jennifer GreimHike the Paintings from Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills