Hook Mountain Near Nyack- Sanford Robinson Gifford- 1866
The first thing I thought of when I saw this painting was a crocodile. The darker hills in the back of the work take the shape of the reptile floating on the surface of the water. I am curious to know why the artist chose this particular perspective. Was it because of the resemblance to a crocodile or was that not intended? I particularly like the contrast between the far right and the rest of the painting. The tree-line and beach on the right side are very bright and colorful, while the water and hills are darker and more ominous. Another thing that intrigued me about this work was that it did not remind me of a particular location like many of the other Hudson River School paintings did.