Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape

Kindred spirits

Asher B. Durand, Kindred Spirits, 1849, oil on canvas, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas © 2006 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape brings together 57 of the most beautiful and famous American landscape paintings of the nineteenth century, including Durands iconic work Kindred Spirits (1849). It is the first monographic exhibition devoted to the artist’s career in more than 35 years. 


New research and new approaches to the study of art history prompted this fresh look at Durand’s contribution to American art. Linda S. Ferber, vice president and director of the museum division of the New-York Historical Society, organized the exhibition; Eleanor Harvey, the museum's chief curator, is the coordinating curator in Washington.

Visiting Information

September 13, 2007 January 6, 2008
Open Daily, 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m
Free Admission


Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape was organized by the Brooklyn Museum and made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation. The Lunder Foundation, Oriana and Arnold McKinnon, and Clarice and Bob Smith support the presentation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


A full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition with essays by Linda S. Ferber; Barbara Dayer Gallati, curator emerita of American art at the Brooklyn Museum; and Kenneth T. Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University.


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Asher B. Durand
born Jefferson Village, NJ 1796-died Maplewood, NJ 1886

Asher Durand was born Aug. 21, 1796, in Maplewood (formerly Jefferson Village), N.J. From 1812 to 1820, he was an apprentice, then partner, to an engraver copying English book illustrations.