David Johnson Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
5-10-1827 New York, USA – 1-30-1908 Walden, USABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
David Johnson (the Artist) studied for two years at the National Academy of Design and also studied with the Hudson River School artist Jasper Francis Cropsey. Along with John Frederick Kensett and John William Casilear, he was best known for the advancement of Luminism, as one of the second generation of Hudson River School painters.
By 1850, at the age of twenty-three, David Johnson was already exhibiting at the National Academy of Design in New York, where he became an associate in 1859, and two years later elected a full Academician.
Johnson's signature works are usually small canvases, tightly painted, and richly colored. Based on preparatory drawings and investigations of particular trees in their regular habitat, his canvases are precise representations of Northeastern landscapes.
David Johnson's most noteworthy achievement was accomplished during the mid-1870s when he displayed artworks of such popular locales as the Catskill Mountains, Lake George, and the White Mountains. He was the only important artist of the time to visit and paint the pastoral scenes of central New York State. He exhibited in the major American art centers of Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia, and in 1877 at the Paris Salon. Seeing the new artwork trends in France, his work changed to reflect the influence of the French Barbizon School, but this looser, less detailed style was criticized by his colleagues.
Art Movement: Hudson River School, Luminism.
Artists Influencing David Johnson: Jasper Francis Cropsey.
He Traveled To France.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.