Jasper F. Cropsey was an artist associated with the Hudson River School. He embarked on his career as an artist in 1843 following his first visit to Lake Greenwood. From then on Cropsey painted numerous views of this region near New York. His works depict the natural world in a precise, accurate manner with the occasional addition of picturesque elements. Cropseys works and his detailed style allowed Europeans to become familiar with the landscape of America, winning him success in Europe during the periods that he spent there.
This scene of Lake Greenwood reveals Cropseys interest during his mature phase in the effects of light and atmosphere on the landscape. Seen from an elevated viewpoint, the view is framed by foreground trees whose leaves are changing colour with the onset of autumn. In the background the mountains around the lake are depicted in warm, glowing tones that are further developed in the sky. The grandeur of the natural world is emphasised by the presence of tiny figures that observe the landscape from a rocky ledge in the lower left-hand corner.