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Samuel Colman
Storm King on the Hudson
1866
oil
32 1/8 x 59 7/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly



Storm King Mountain, near West Point on the Hudson River, is named for the storm clouds that gather at its peak. Here the plumes of gray-black smoke from the steamboats counter the bank of clouds. Colman uses the smoke and clouds to weave a visual tapestry between the natural and the man-made. Further underscoring the union of man and nature, Colman contrasts three types of river vessels: steam-powered, sailboats, and rowboats.