Summer on the Hudson
While Palmer was most famous for his paintings of snowy landscapes, Summer on Hudson displays his portrayal of nature in a very different season. Subtlety of color and soft, reflective light characterize most of Palmer’s work, and in this painting these qualities are given full effect in the still water and distant atmospheric haze.
Walter Launt Palmer's paintings, particularly of winter, are widely collected. His consummate skill and commitment to his art earned him high standing during the height of his career. But like so many artists of his generation, his contribution to American art history was eclipsed by the advent of Modernism. Over the past 10 years his reputation was fully rehabilitated and his paintings commanded high numbers both at auction and privately. We have had the opportunity to place some of Palmer's best work in important collections.