David Johnson (1827-1908)
Where: Cornwall Bridge, along the Housatonic
When: around 1875
Johnson was a member of the second generation of Hudson River School painters. He was born in New York and studied at the National Academy of Design and with Jasper Francis Cropsey. He is best known for the development of Luminism, a technique that depicts the effects of light on a landscape, often through an aerial view and concealed brush strokes.
Johnson achieved his greatest success during the mid-1870s, when he was exhibiting paintings of pastoral scenes and landscapes at major American art centers. After Johnson’s 1877 exhibition in Paris his style shifted to reflect the French Barbizon School.
Though never a Cornwall resident, Johnson is known to have traveled to and painted Cornwall on at least two occasions.
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