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Artist Biography

Samuel Colman moved to New York City from Maine as a child, where he began his artistic training, possibly under the guidance of one of the Hudson River School founders Asher Durand. The National Academy of Design first exhibited his work in 1850, and by 1862 he was given full membership. Colman’s style was heavily influenced by the Hudson River School—indeed, he is considered to be one of the leading representatives of that School’s second generation—though he would expand his horizons beyond the Hudson with travel and exposure to different aesthetics throughout his life. As well as taking in the vastly different landscapes of North America, he made many trips to Europe in the 1860s, and explored North Africa in the 1870s.

His paintings can be seen at institutions like the Smithsonian Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and National Gallery in Washington, DC; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Historical Society in New York, NY; the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; and the Gilcrease Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK.