David Johnson

(1827-1908)

David Johnson was one of the last surviving artists of the Hudson River School. He studied at the Antique School of the National Academy of Design in the 1840s. Johnson was based in NYC but made many sketching trips throughout New England and Upstate New York. He used rich colors in picturesque scenes. His intense Realism with rocks and trees are executed with beautiful accuracy. Johnson first exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1849. He was later made a member of the National Academy in 1861. Johnson's later work was influenced by the Barbizon School and became monotonous and less accurate. Currently, Johnson's work is beginning to find new appreciation.