George Gunther Hartwick
George Gunther Hartwick joined the artistic circles of New York City in 1847 – notably, just one year after Hudson River School giant Thomas Cole passed away. Hartwick joined the second generation Hudson River School painters led by rivals Asher B. Durand and Frederic Edwin Church in their continued admiration and representation of American landscapes. Little is known of Hartwick’s course of study or private life; however, his body of work indicates that his success lay in the creation of picturesque landscapes and scenes of everyday life. Many of Hartwick’s genre scenes represent the winter season, complete with frozen ponds and dozens of enthusiastic skaters, tucked away into the quiet countryside.