The moment we saw this image we had to hold ourselves back from hopping on the next flight to the Adirondacks, mostly because the breathtaking oil painting was made in 1864 and we haven't yet mastered time travel. "Adirondack Landscape" was made by influential landscape artist William Trost Richards, associated with the Hudson River School and American Pre-Raphaelite Movement. The Adirondack Museum recently received the gift from the estate of Waldo Hutchins III, a long time Adirondack summer resident.
"Adirondack Landscape" will be reunited with Richards' other ode to Adirondack majesty, "In the Adirondacks." Looking at a classical American landscape is certainly a breath of fresh air in comparison to the more conceptual contemporary works, helping us imagine the fresh air we would feel if we made it to the great outdoors themselves. Just look at those clouds and try not to smile.
Congratulations, "Adirondack Landscape" on your new home. We have a feeling you'll be very happy there.