A distinguished nineteenth-century landscapist, John Adams Parker executed scenes of Long Island and the Adirondack, Catskill and White Mountains. Parker had a particular talent for carving out the picturesque elements of a landscape, and nineteenth-century critics lauded his work for tending “more to the suggestion of things in nature than to details.” His evocative style brought out the heightened outlines of mountain landscapes using dramatic contrasts of light and dark tones. Parker helped to found the Brooklyn Art Association and was an Associate member of the National Academy of Design. He regularly exhibited at those institutions as well as the Brooklyn Art Club.
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