Arthur Parton is a highly-regarded and popular American landscape artist who is associated with both the Hudson River School and the Barbizon school.
He was a native of New York, born in Hudson, and showed an early interest in and talent for artistic pursuits. His studies were undertaken in Philadelphia, under William Trost Richards, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He traveled abroad to Europe where he was particularly impressed by the work of the Parisian Barbizon painters.
His first acclaim as an artist came with the publication of his landscape of the Shenandoah River in Virginia in Picturesque America. It was immediately popular.
Arthur Parton was made an Academician of the National Academy of Design in 1884. The Academy, as well as the Brooklyn Art Association, the Corcoran Gallery and the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition were all among the many venues at which his work was exhibited.
His style evolved over the course of his career but he remained popular throughout his life. Initially his style was very characteristic of the Hudson River School but it took on more Impressionist aspects as time went on. He painted all over New York and is well-loved for his paintings of the Adirondack and Catskill mountains.