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Latin American Traveler Art Comes to Manhattan

November 02, 2015

A view of the Andes from Peru's Arequipa Valley, painted in 1877 by California artist Norton Bush, who cornered the local market for tropical landscapes. The sublime peak of Ecuador's Cotopaxi volcano, rendered in 1853 by Hudson River School master Frederic Edwin Church. A Caracas market scene that Saint Thomas-born Camille Pissarro began in 1854, during a stay in Venezuela, and finished in 1858, as a nascent Impressionist newly arrived in France. And the iconic Valley of Mexico depicted in the late 1800s by José María Velasco, the Mexico-born, Academy-trained artist who rendered geologic splendors as potent symbols of national identity.

Dazzling views of Latin America, rendered by an international mix of 19th-century artists (most of whom are not Latin American), are the subject of a pioneering show at the Americas Society and the Hunter College Art Galleries.

"Boundless Reality: Traveler Artists' Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection" is the first exhibition to focus on an art genre that is just coming into focus as a field of study. Latin American Traveler Art documents a kind of "art rush" that occurred after the colonial era, when newly independent countries opened their borders, and painters and scientists from Europe and North America streamed in...

Read the full art review here.