Crossing the Mountain Ford by Charles Baker
Crossing the Mountain Ford by Charles Baker Crossing the Mountain Ford by Charles Baker Crossing the Mountain Ford by Charles Baker Crossing the Mountain Ford by Charles Baker
Crossing the Mountain Ford by Charles Baker

Crossing the Mountain Ford by Charles Baker

  • This awe-inspiring landscape is the work of the American painter Charles Baker
  • Baker captures a diminutive figure in a canoe within the vast American vista
  • Entitled Crossing the Mountain Ford, it is a superb example of the Hudson River School style
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Charles Baker
fl. 1839-1888 | American

Crossing the Mountain Ford

Signed and dated "C. Baker 1856" (lower left)
Oil on canvas

Crossing the Mountain Ford offers a stunning vision of the American landscape from the Hudson River School painter Charles Baker. With his expansive yet detailed eye for beauty and nature, Baker's compositions are a remarkable example of their genre, highlighting the majesty of the American landscape in each and every brushstroke.

The scene itself is likely an imagined vision, rife with the symbolic meaning that set the Hudson River School artists apart from other landscape painters. A sun-washed mountain peak dominates the scene at the center of the composition, balanced by trees with unwieldy limbs and exposed roots on the rock face to the left. A lone figure in a canoe traverses the body of water at the base of the mountain, dwarfed by the grandeur of nature that surrounds him. This juxtaposition of man versus wilderness is part of a rich allegorical tradition of concepts such as Manifest Destiny and humankind's place within the awesome world.

In both its subject matter and allegorical allusions, Crossing the Mountain Ford is a superb example of the Hudson River School style. Baker worked in New York during the beginning years of the movement, and while there he became particularly enamored with the works of Thomas Cole. His own output closely mirrors the romantic style and sublime aesthetics of Cole's best works. In fact, Cole composed a painting very similar to the present work in both composition and subject just a decade earlier in 1846. Entitled The Mountain Ford, Cole's version can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).

Dated 1856

Canvas: 20" high x 32 1/2" wide
Frame: 30 1/4" high x 43" wide
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Period: 1816-1918
Origin:America
Subject:Landscape
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