John Bunyan Bristol

Artist Biography

John Bunyan Bristol was born in 1826 in Hillsdale, NY. Although a predominantly self-trained artist, Bristol became known for his landscape paintings of the mountains and lakes of the Connecticut River Valley, as well as the hazy rivers of Florida. Bristol’s style followed that of the Hudson River School painters often described as Luminists; his attention to detail and exquisite use of color depicted lighting in a way that was similar to his contemporaries such as Asher B. Durand and John F. Kensett. Bristol exhibited his work at the National Academy of Design in 1858 and was also granted a medal in the Philadelphia Exposition of 1876, Paris Exposition of 1889 and Pan-American Exposition of 1901. His works are now displayed in the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, the Hudson River Museum, Yale University Art Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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