...adventures in art-historical time and space are common in Deem's work, but they reach maximum complexity in an ongoing series with the title "School of..."...In Hudson River School of 1995...the grid of desks is unexpectedly moved outdoors, half-sheltered on a rounded balcony that now locates the school in Olana, Frederick Church's lavish dream house, and offers the absent students the kind of Hudson River view that inspired Church and his contemporaries. (Robert Rosenblum, Introduction to How To Paint AVermeer by GeorgeDeem, 2004).
| Artist's Notes
Hudson River School, 1995.
The view of the Hudson River in my Hudson River School (1995) is the view from Olana, the house built in the 1870s by the painter Frederick Edwin Church (1826-1900) on a hill near the town of Hudson, New York. And it is the scene Walt Whitman imagined in his poem "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd: " ... at sundown, and the gray smoke lucid and bright, / With floods of the yellow gold of the gorgeous, indolent, sinking sun, burning, expanding the air... / In the distance the flowing glaze, the breast of the river...
(George Deem, How To Paint A Vermeer: A Painter's History of Art, 2004, page 94).