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David Johnson (1827 - 1908), Bowling Green, New York City, ca. 1868.
Oil on canvas: 33 x 48 1/4 in. ( 83.8 x 122.6 cm ).
New-York Historical Society, 
David Johnson (May 10, 1827 – January 30, 1908) was a member of the second generation of Hudson River School painters. He is best known for the development of Luminism.

David Johnson (1827 - 1908), Bowling Green, New York City, ca. 1868.

Oil on canvas: 33 x 48 1/4 in. ( 83.8 x 122.6 cm ).

New-York Historical Society, 

David Johnson (May 10, 1827 – January 30, 1908) was a member of the second generation of Hudson River School painters. He is best known for the development of Luminism.

David Johnson - Untitled Pastoral Scene - 1867
Oil on canvas, 16-1/4 x 26 inches (41.3 x 66.0 cm)

David Johnson - Untitled Pastoral Scene - 1867

Oil on canvas, 16-1/4 x 26 inches (41.3 x 66.0 cm)

David Johnson - The Childrens Playground - 1873
Oil on canvas, 13-1/2 x 21-1/8 inches (34.3 x 53.7 cm)

David Johnson - The Childrens Playground - 1873

Oil on canvas, 13-1/2 x 21-1/8 inches (34.3 x 53.7 cm)

David Johnson, Study, North Conway, New Hampshire, 1851
oil on canvas painting, Cleveland Museum of Art

David Johnson, Study, North Conway, New Hampshire, 1851

oil on canvas painting, Cleveland Museum of Art

David Johnson - Near Shelburne, Vermont - 1865
Oil on canvas, 30 x 26 inches (76.2 x 66.0 cm)

David Johnson - Near Shelburne, Vermont - 1865

Oil on canvas, 30 x 26 inches (76.2 x 66.0 cm)

David Johnson - Brook Study at Warwick - 1873

David Johnson - Brook Study at Warwick - 1873

David Johnson - Eagle Cliff, Franconia Notch, New Hampshire, 1864,
Oil on canvas, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas,

David Johnson - Eagle Cliff, Franconia Notch, New Hampshire, 1864,

Oil on canvas, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas,

David Johnson - 'Sunset On the Unadilla River', 1856
David Johnson (May 10, 1827 – January 30, 1908) was a member of the second generation of Hudson River School painters.
Johnson was born in New York City, New York. He studied for two years at the antique school of the National Academy of Design and also studied briefly with the Hudson River artist Jasper Francis Cropsey. Along with John Frederick Kensett and John William Casilear, he was best known for the development of Luminism.
On the back of a painting made at Haines Falls, Kauterskill Clove, in 1849, Johnson wrote “My first study from nature. Made in company with J.F. Kensett, and J.W. Casilear,”. By 1850, Johnson was exhibiting regularly at the National Academy of Design in New York, where he became an associate in 1859; in 1861 he was elected a full Academician.
Johnson’s signature works are usually small in format, tightly painted, delicately handled and richly colored. Based on copious preliminary drawings and studies of specific trees in their natural environment, his paintings are accurate and inviting representations of Northeastern scenery and ‘exquisite examples of the style that is now called Luminism.’
Johnson’s greatest success was achieved during the mid-1870s, when he exhibited paintings of such popular landscape locales as the Catskills, Lake George and the White Mountains, as well as pastoral scenes of central New York state, an area which he was the only important artist of the era to frequent. He exhibited extensively in major American art centers, including Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia, and at the Paris Salon of 1877. Thenceforward his work changed to reflect the influence of the French Barbizon school, a stylistic transition that met with harsh critical reception from his colleagues, but which paralleled the dilemma faced by Hudson River school painters seeking to stay relevant as aesthetic tastes changed.
He died in Walden, New York, in 1908.

David Johnson - 'Sunset On the Unadilla River', 1856

David Johnson (May 10, 1827 – January 30, 1908) was a member of the second generation of Hudson River School painters.

Johnson was born in New York City, New York. He studied for two years at the antique school of the National Academy of Design and also studied briefly with the Hudson River artist Jasper Francis Cropsey. Along with John Frederick Kensett and John William Casilear, he was best known for the development of Luminism.

On the back of a painting made at Haines Falls, Kauterskill Clove, in 1849, Johnson wrote “My first study from nature. Made in company with J.F. Kensett, and J.W. Casilear,”. By 1850, Johnson was exhibiting regularly at the National Academy of Design in New York, where he became an associate in 1859; in 1861 he was elected a full Academician.

Johnson’s signature works are usually small in format, tightly painted, delicately handled and richly colored. Based on copious preliminary drawings and studies of specific trees in their natural environment, his paintings are accurate and inviting representations of Northeastern scenery and ‘exquisite examples of the style that is now called Luminism.’

Johnson’s greatest success was achieved during the mid-1870s, when he exhibited paintings of such popular landscape locales as the Catskills, Lake George and the White Mountains, as well as pastoral scenes of central New York state, an area which he was the only important artist of the era to frequent. He exhibited extensively in major American art centers, including Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia, and at the Paris Salon of 1877. Thenceforward his work changed to reflect the influence of the French Barbizon school, a stylistic transition that met with harsh critical reception from his colleagues, but which paralleled the dilemma faced by Hudson River school painters seeking to stay relevant as aesthetic tastes changed.

He died in Walden, New York, in 1908.

David Johnson - Sketchbook: Conway, New Hampshire - 1851
Graphite, chalk, and opaque watercolor on medium-weight, beige, wove paper, sketchbook, 12.4 × 17.1 × 0.8 cm (4.9 × 6.7 × 0.3 in)
Brooklyn Museum, New York City

David Johnson - Sketchbook: Conway, New Hampshire - 1851

Graphite, chalk, and opaque watercolor on medium-weight, beige, wove paper, sketchbook, 12.4 × 17.1 × 0.8 cm (4.9 × 6.7 × 0.3 in)

Brooklyn Museum, New York City

David Johnson - Catskills - c. 1873
graphite and white opaque highlights on gray/brown, moderately thick, smooth wove paper, 25.4 × 35.6 cm (10 × 14 in)
Brooklyn Museum, New York City

David Johnson - Catskills - c. 1873

graphite and white opaque highlights on gray/brown, moderately thick, smooth wove paper, 25.4 × 35.6 cm (10 × 14 in)

Brooklyn Museum, New York City