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Newport Mountain from Bald Porcupine

After study with James McDougal Hart, a landscape painter of the period, Smillie was associated with the style of the Hudson River School. Later, Smillie’s style evolved and he became more loose and fluid in his technique, often being compared to American Impressionists. Smillie spent most of his professional life in New York City, with frequent trips along the east coast and as far west as the Rocky Mountains and Yosemite Valley. Although the west would not be Smillie’s greatest source of inspiration and success in his art, he did sketch many of the sights he saw and later used the material to create mountain landscapes and portrayals of the native Indians. He was most famous for his scenes of farms and the shore of the east coast. Smillie died in New York in 1921.

[This is an excerpt from the interactive companion program to the videodisc American Art from the National Gallery of Art. Produced by the Department of Education Resources, this teaching resource is one of the Gallery's free-loan educational programs.]


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