David Johnson (1827 - 1908)
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David Johnson was born in New York City, where he studied at the National Acaedmy of Design for two years. He also briefly studied with artist Jasper Francis Cropsey. Like other Hudson River artists of the second generation, Johnson contributed greatly to the development of Luminism, a style of landscape painting characterized by light effects, and tranquil and precise nature scenes. His most well known piece is Haines Falls, Kauterskill Clove (1849). Johnson was made an associate at the National Academy of Design in 1860 and exhibited regularly there as well. Other major American art centers, such as Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia, also displayed his work. Johnson's work went under the radar for many years, and was rediscovered in the 1980's as art scholars began documenting his life and his contributions to the Hudson River School genre.