Washington Allston

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Washington Allston

Washington Allston (November 5, 1779July 9, 1843) was an American poet and influential painter. He pioneered America's Romantic movement of landscape painting.


  • Thus falling, falling from afar,
    As if some melancholy star
    Had mingled with her light her sighs,
    And dropped them from the skies.
  • Titian, Tintoretto, and Paul Veronese absolutely enchanted me, for they took away all sense of subject. ... It was the poetry of color which I felt, procreative in its nature, giving birth to a thousand things which the eye cannot see, and distinct from their cause.
    • Washington Allston, as quoted in The Quotable Artist (2002) by Peggy Hadden, p. 20

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