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Art
and
sustainability

John Frederick Kensett

Lake George

Circa 1860
Oil on canvas, 55.8 x 86.4 cm (detail)

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The United States began to take the shape of a nation after the War of Independence (1775-1783). Paintings formed a fundamental role in the development of its identity, with landscape art of particular importance, raising social awareness of a vast and as yet largely unexplored territory. In the 1850s, Lake George, in the north east of New York State became a tourist destination thanks to the arrival of the railroad. A few years after this painting was completed, the United States founded its first national park (Yellowstone, 1872), which highlights the close relationship between this awareness and conservation.

John Frederick Kensett

Lake George

Circa 1860
Oil on canvas, 55.8 x 86.4 cm (detail)

AUDIO GUIDE


The United States began to take the shape of a nation after the War of Independence (1775-1783). Paintings formed a fundamental role in the development of its identity, with landscape art of particular importance, raising social awareness of a vast and as yet largely unexplored territory. In the 1850s, Lake George, in the north east of New York State became a tourist destination thanks to the arrival of the railroad. A few years after this painting was completed, the United States founded its first national park (Yellowstone, 1872), which highlights the close relationship between this awareness and conservation.
Protecting a unique natural wealth

The arrival of the nature parks came off the back of a need to protect a unique and incomparable natural wealth. The lives of everyone on the planet benefit from protecting these spaces. They act as natural water filters and their protected forests provide drinking water for approximately a third of the largest cities in the world. These ecosystems are a safe haven for millions of species and 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their survival, including over two thousand indigenous cultures.

including 2,000 indigenous cultures
1.600
billion people depend on forests for their survival
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