Ulster County’s own Hudson River School notable Jervis McEntee receives his first-ever museum retrospective this fall at SUNY New Paltz’ Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. Curated by Lee A. Vedder, Jervis McEntee: Painter-Poet of the Hudson River School examines McEntee’s 40-year career and redefines his place in the history of 19th-century American landscape painting.
McEntee (1828-1891) was born and died in Rondout (present day Kingston). The Catskills and the Hudson provided many of the subjects of his luminous landscape paintings. Largely self-taught but for a short period of tutelage under Frederic Chruch, McEntee embodies many of the ideals of his era, also expressed in the work of such peers and friends as Church, Sanford Gifford, John F. Weir, and Wothington Whittredge. The exhibition will include approximately 80 paintings and works on paper from private and public collections.
Opening simultaneously at the Dorsky is Thomas Benjamin Pope: Landscapes of Newburgh and Beyond, curated by Chloe DeRocker. This exhibit showcases eight paintings by Pope from the collection of Richard and Margeurite Lease. The well-traveled Pope captured these scenes from the Hudson Valley, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and possibly Europe. These paintings, notes the curator, feature Pope’s distinctive and style-defining attention to atmosphere and sky.
The McEntee and Pope exhibits at the Dorsky run through December 13, with a joint opening reception this Saturday, September 12 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art is located on the campus of the State University of New York at New Paltz. For more information, see https://www.newpaltz.edu/museum or call (845) 257-3844.