In Kaaterskill Clove
Small Falls

"The waterfall may be called the voice of the landscape, for, unlike the rocks and woods which utter sounds as the passive instruments played on by the elements, the waterfall strikes its own chords, and rocks and mountains re-echo in rich unison. And this is a land abounding in cataracts..."

Thomas Cole, from "An Essay on American Scenery"

Junius R. Sloan (1827-1900), Small Falls, Kaaterskill Clove, 1860, oil on canvas on masonite, 19 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches, Brauer Museum of Art, Percy H. Sloan Trust, 1953.1.148.


Here Durand paints the portraits of important kindred spirits Thomas Cole and poet Willian Cullen Bryant, whose poetry ushered in the American Romantic movement.

Asher B. Durand, Kindred Spirits, 1848, oil on canvas, 46 x 36 inches, Collections of The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.