Thomas Hill (September 11, 1829 – June 30, 1908) was a brilliant American artist known for his atmospheric landscape paintings. Most of his landscape paintings feature the Yosemite Valley and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Hill was associated with the Hudson River School, which refers to a group of painters who painted large scale romantic landscapes. Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Church were part of the Hudson River School. You can see the similarities in their artworks.
His paintings have a magnificent sense of scale, which is created by the illusion of atmospheric perspective and the clever positioning of small animals or people in many of the paintings.
I really enjoy Hill’s stunning use of color in his paintings, particularly the balance between light and dark, and warm and cool elements. It can be difficult when painting these paintings of such a grand scale to retain balance and harmony. The more elements involved, the more difficult it is to balance everything.
My favorite painting is not actually any of the grand scale landscapes, but rather this painting below which features a man tending his cattle next to a tree. The colors in this painting appear so full and rich and there is a beautiful contrast between warm and cool colors.
Here are some of the other beautiful landscape paintings by Hill:
I hope you enjoyed these paintings by Thomas Hill. It is interesting how similar they are to the paintings by other artists of the Hudson River School. It demonstrates how powerful the influence of those surrounding you is. So surround yourself with great artists and grow as an artist yourself.
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