- they often used the landscape to inspire religious feelings. Wyant's usual themes were the mountains and woodlands of the eastern United States, but he worked on a smaller scale and depicted less grandiose subjects than most Hudson River School artists. Along with his mentor, George Inness, Wyant moved beyond the strict realism of the Hudson River School, using a muted and limited range of colors (Tonalism) to show light and color, and worked with looser brushwork to achieve a soft, luminous effect. By the time of his death, Wyant was considered one of this nation's leading landscape painters.
- As a boy, Wyant was apprenticed to a sign painter and harness maker. Once he decided to pursue a career as a fine artist, he studied at the National Academy of Design in New York, in Germany and in England. He opened a studio in New York City in 1867. Six years later he participated in an extensive grovernment sponsored expedition through Arizona and New Mexico. Stylistically, Wyant fits into the late period of the Hudson River School (roughly 1825-1875), a group of landscape painters who believed that America's landscape was its strength