Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Top 20 Greatest NYC Paintings — #15

Hudson River View by Robert Julian Onderdonk

03-11 Hudson River View

Although Robert Julian Onderdonk was born in Texas, and is very closely associated with his homeland, he shares New York’s Dutch heritage, with a father who was also a successful painter, and one of the first to study at the Art Students’ League. Following in his father’s footsteps, young Julian studied with William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri, embracing the Impressionist tradition. You can see, in Hudson River View, the delightfully splotchy laundry hangings, playfully rendered in white, not unlike Monet’s lilies. This also speaks of a time when one could enjoy a view of the Hudson while living by fairly modest means. An apartment at this location today would only welcome an artist whose work had already fetched a pretty penny at a few major galleries.

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2 Comments

  1. Does anyone know what structure that tower in the painting belongs to? I am guessing a church that seems to have been torn down? It’s hard to tell where precisely in Manhattan this view inspired Onderdonck.

    • Matthew Baker

      I also wondered about the spire and, alas, have no answer. But the New Jersey coast looks to me like this would be the Upper West.

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