Along the Hudson BY ARNOLD BLANCH
ARNOLD BLANCH AND LUCILE, his equally famed painter wife, have their home at
Woodstock, midway between New York and Albany. The river, woodlands, and farms
of the surrounding countryside are old friends, though Mrs. Blanch is
not as interested in landscape as her husband.
Along the Hudson is a remarkably auractive lithograph, with its long
views way to the other side of the Hudson, the river islands, and the
opulent farmlands in the middle distance and foreground.
The reaper is at its work, depositing little heaps of grain,
and there is a fine, primly disposed apple orchard on the left.
A more conventional artist would have disclaimed, and deleted,
the feather-duster tree in the foreground rather than cut his cornposition into two parts.
Here the result excuses the bold device: the otherwise rather blonde and
empty foreground gets needed weight and interest. The richness and variety of this scene is in
sharp contrast to the artist’s well-known New England landscapes.