Untitled Document

Artist Biography

A talented painter of "Hudson River School landscapes" whose work is quite rare, Franklin (Frank) Anderson resided in Peekskill, New York for his entire career, painting views of the surrounding region. Although Anderson exhibited twenty-three paintings at the National Academy of Design, there is little surviving information on his life and background. Art historian William H. Gerdts explains that this is not an uncommon occurrence for artists who lived in more remote areas. Gerdts wrote:


Moving up the Hudson River, one finds various communities that were the longtime residences of isolated artists throughout the nineteenth century. Not surprisingly, these were often members of the Hudson River School who sought small towns or villages where they could enjoy some amenities and yet have ready access to the scenery that was their subject… Jasper F. Cropsey became the best-known painter there [Hastings-on-Hudson] after building his home and studio in the town in 1884… But many of the other painters who resided in relatively distant communities upriver… await rediscovery—isolated examples of their painting suggest that such a rediscovery would be worthwhile. These include Frank Anderson, in Peekskill in the 1860s, ‘70s, and ‘80s; and Frederick Rondel, in Poughkeepsie… The isolation of these artists in substantial but relatively remote communities may have hastened their obscurity, despite their intermittent participation in the New York art world.


Although there is relatively no information on Anderson’s life, his exhibition records reveal areas where he worked and traveled. The paintings he exhibited at the National Academy of Design between 1861 and 1888 bear titles such as View In Peekskill, 1863; On the Hock Hocking River, Ohio, 1863; Haverstraw Bay, 1863; Fishkill Village, 1866; Stag Mountain, Lake George, 1870; View Near Barrytown, Catskill Mts., 1870; Storm King, 1879; Marsh at Iona Island, 1885. Anderson also exhibited two paintings at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia in 1888. His paintings are housed in important private and public collections, including the Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, New York and the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York.


References:

Peter Hastings Falk, Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975 (Madison, C.T.: Soundview Press, 1999)
William H. Gerdts, Art Across America: Two Centuries of Regional Painting (New York: Abbeville Press, 1990)