Good-looking, gifted and remarkably successful, painter Worthington Whittredge began his life in a small Ohio log cabin. His early, unschooled, landscape paintings earned him enough to travel to D�sseldorf, Germany where he entered the city's academy and studied under Emanuel Leutze.
While in school he befriended other American landscape painters, including Albert Bierstadt and Sanford Robinson Gifford. He remained in Europe for almost a decade, traveling and painting. When he returned to America, he opened a studio in New York City and began to create his notable works in the Hudson River School style. His abilities to capture the effects of the atmosphere, haze, shadow and water also placed him in the early Luminists as well.
He was able to make many journeys around America, the first being an exploration of the Great Plain and Rocky Mountains with Gifford. The trip provided the subject matter and inspiration for Whittredge's first famous works. In 1866 he joined an exploration through Kansas, the Rocky Mountains and New Mexico in the company of General John Pope. He was all ready a painter of high regard, and his sketches and paintings of this trip went for outlandish sums.
He took many more journeys, but settled in New Jersey in 1880. In his lifetime he was a full member and president of the National Academy of Design in New York and sat on the selection committees for several world expositions, including the Philadelphia Centennial in 1876 and the Paris Exposition of 1878.
His paintings are in the most important art collections in the United States, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.