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Understanding Art and its Connection to the Conservation Movement

November 20, 2013 Posted by: Brendan Geiger

Essential question:  What is the connection between the Barbizon School and Hudson River School, and the evolution of land management in the United States during the nineteenth century?

I have been at the Park since I was young and I did my first guided tour while working with the VYCC.  The guided tour in French was a new experience for me.  The information, the history of the Marsh, the Billings, and Rockefeller families along with their efforts to advocate for better land management here and at other places in the United States was almost the same information found in an English guided tour. This time, however, it was an extraordinary experience with Madame Hanson. I saw several pieces of art in the Mansion and because I had done research prior to the visit, the artists and their works took an important meaning for me. When I saw a painting by Cole in the main hall, the symbolism of the painting was clear to me. Cole painted Niagara the way it was before it became a major tourist attraction.  His message was clearly advocating for the protection of incredible landscapes like this before they were destroyed by tourism and industry.  This was also the goal of Albert Bierstadt whose paintings played a role in the protection of Yosemite. At the end, the experience gave me a new appreciation for the Park and the art collection.

 Question Essentielle : C’est quoi le rapport entre les écoles Barbizon et Hudson River, et la progression de gestion aux Etats Unis pendant le 19ieme siècle ?

J’y vais depuis que j’étais jeune, et j’ai fait la visite guidée pour la première fois quand je faisais partie du VYCC.  Mais la visite guidée, en Français, était une expérience complètement nouvelle pour moi.  L’information de la visite  l’histoire de Marsh, Billings, Rockefeller, et leurs efforts de gestion ici et aux plusieurs endroits aux Etats Unis, c’était presque la même  information qu’on se trouve de la visite guidée en Anglais.  Mais cette fois-ci, avec Madame Hansen, c’était une expérience extraordinaire.  J’ai vu beaucoup d’art dans le manoir pour la première fois, et puisque j’ai fait de la recherche avant la visite, les artistes et les tableaux avaient une nouvelle importance pour moi.  Quand j’ai vu un tableau de Cole, dans le couloir principal du manoir, le symbolisme dans le tableau était clair.  Cole a peint Niagara Falls avant qu’il ait été une attraction majeure de tourisme, et son message est apparent : on doit protéger les endroits incroyables comme ça, avant qu’ils soient détruits par les effets de tourisme et  d’industrie.  C’était le but de Bierstadt, qui en part a sauvé l’endroit qui est Yosemite aujourd’hui par la création de ses tableaux de l’endroit.  A la fin, l’expérience m’a donné une nouvelle appréciation du parc, et de l’art qui s’y trouvent. 

 

 

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Sunlight filters through white clouds and dark thunderheads to illuminate green-forested slopes and snow-covered mountains. NPS Photo.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP has nearly 400 paintings and prints, including Hudson River School landscapes of places that are now national parks. You can see paintings by Thomas Cole, David Johnson, and Albert Bierstadt of features from Yosemite, Golden Gate, and Grand Teton.