Painter: Asher Brown Durand
Spirits was Durand's tribute to his dear and departed friend Thomas Cole. Durand created the perfect composite view of Cole's favorite sites, Kaaterskill Falls and the Catskill Cove. With his paintbrush Cole points to the great beyond, his final destination, as his friend William Cullen Bryant looks on. This painting was famously purchased from the New York Public Library as a different sort of tribute for the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.