CATWALK Historical Legacy:

The Catwalk property  has a documented time line back to 1684 when a Dutchman Gysbert ut den Bogert traded hides and beads with the Leni Lenape Indians in purchase of the land. By the mid 19th c Thomas Cole had made Catskill the birthplace of the first artistic movement now known as the Hudson River School, which focused on American landscape.  In 1861 Charles Herbert Moore, a very successful second generation Hudson River School painter, was drawn along with other admiring painters including Frederick Church to Catskill where he bought the land directly west of Frederick Church’s Olana property. In 1865 Moore built the first structure, a stone and timber cottage capturing both river and Catskill Mountain views. Ultimately Moore fell under the spell of John Ruskin’s treatise on the Truth in Art, He was a founder of the “New Path”, the American Pre Raphellite movement exploring the bond between man and nature and the way to moral vision which he  pursued as first director of the Fogg Museum at Harvard influencing generations of landscape painters who studied under Harvard’s Ruskinian platform.

Winter Landscape, Valley of the Catskill, 1866
Oil on canvas, 18.0 x 26.0 cm. (7 1/16 x 10 1/4 in.)
Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Frank Jewett Mather Jr.
photo: Bruce M. White

The magic of landscape that inspired the Hudson River School movement continues to attract painters and grow the rich artistic legacy of the region today.

Charles Herbert Moore
Hudson River, Above Catskill
1865, Oil on canvas, 16 x 10 1/8 inches
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas 2003.9
Note: This work is believed to have been created on the riverfront beach of Catwalk

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Charles Herbert Moore, American, 1840 1930